November 18, 2010
Underwood wraps up senior year
Things didn't turn out the way Antonio Underwood hoped they would during his career at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
But, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound guard won't let a disappointing season or two take away from a wonderful four years on the gridiron and building relationships with his teammates.
"It didn't end like I wanted it to but I had some fun times and really enjoyed it and the people I played with," said Underwood, an Ohio State verbal commitment. "It's been tough but I've got to move on though. I'm closing a chapter of my life."
The next chapter won't begin until the summer, when Underwood reports to Columbus to begin classes at Ohio State.
In the meantime, he's going to work out and prepare to make an early impact with the Buckeyes.
"I've got to work out and finish these books and maybe even get a job," Underwood said.
Underwood, whose senior season was hampered by an ankle sprain he played with for 10 weeks, earned all Lake Erie League honors and several team awards.
Back on Oct. 23 Underwood made an unofficial visit to check out the Buckeyes in action against Purdue.
During that trip he talked with the coaching staff and kept an eye on the Ohio State offensive lineman.
"We've got a solid bunch (of offensive linemen)," he said. "I can't wait to learn from them."
Already Underwood has spent a lot of time learning from a former Buckeye lineman, LeCharles Bentley.
Underwood has been working out at Bentley's O-Line Academy in Avon for about a year now and has learned quite a bit from the former Rimington Award winner and NFL all-pro.
"I start back with him in a few weeks," Underwood said. "It's great learning from somebody that has done it all football-wise."
Next month, Underwood will take his official visit to Ohio State. He expects a lot of company for the weekend.
"All the recruits will be there," he said.
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