December 16, 2010

Underwood gets comfortable in Columbus

There was never any doubt Antonio Underwood would become a Buckeye if Ohio State offered a scholarship. When that opportunity came in March, Underwood immediately verbally committed and has since looked forward to starting his career in Columbus.

Last weekend, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Shaker Heights, Ohio made his official visit to Ohio State and left even more eager to wear the Scarlet and Gray.

"It was great," Underwood said of the weekend visit. "I'm ready to graduate and go there. I didn't want to leave on Sunday."

During his time on campus, Underwood said he had the chance to talk with the coaches and current players as well as several of the other visiting prospects and commitments.

Christian Bryant hosted Underwood and shared with his future teammate what it's like to be a Buckeye.

"He's a cool dude and said he really likes it there," Underwood said. "He didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know."

Underwood said the best part of the weekend was bonding with his future teammates.

With half his senior year in the books, Underwood is focused on arriving in Columbus this summer physically ready to compete for early playing time.

He plans to spend the off-season working out hard and he continues to train with former Buckeye, Rimington Award winner and NFL all-pro LeCharles Bentley, who runs an offensive lineman training center in Avon, Ohio.

"I go three times a week for now," Underwood said. "It's a lot more hands on now because I don't have to worry about high school football anymore."

The recent northeast Ohio weather has prevented Underwood from training with Bentley the past couple of weeks, but he plans to get back to the center soon to get his workouts back on track.

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