Stone Lock

Only one thing was left for Stone Underwood to do after making his recruiting visit to West Virginia over the weekend, and after completing that task he committed to the Mountaineer football program on Monday.

"I just wanted to talk it over with my parents and discuss any other options I had," said Underwood, who obviously took care in the recruiting process and its effect on his football career. "I wanted to make sure we talked those over, but none of those other options were interesting to me. West Virginia showed me how I could fit in, and that I had a chance for playing time, and it all just looked great."

The football program wasn't the only reason for Underwood's commitment. He also found a similar feel to his home state.

"It has some of that small-town feel, but it has that big state university feel too," he said. " I really enjoyed the whole thing."

Underwood's father, Don, accompanied Stone on the trip to Morgantown, and was reassured about the atmosphere around the program.

"They really impressed me," he said of his time on campus. "The facilities were great, and the work they are doing on improvements there were good. And the coaches were really friendly. It was open, I felt like I could ask anything about the program."

Coming from Mississippi, Don Underwood didn't realize that West Virginia actually had a smaller population than his home state. He and Stone discussed the similarities between Mississippi and West Virginia, but also noted that Morgantown's location put it in close proximity to many larger cities. That combination also appealed to both father and son, and played a part in Underwood's decision to attend WVU.

Underwood is expected to get his first opportunity at center when football camp opens in August. He is on track to graduate in May and will have three years to complete his final two seasons of eligibility.

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