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UNC football investigation won't impact Fuquay-Varina's Underwood

Published: 2010-09-19 11:29:57
Updated: 2010-09-19 11:29:57

Sep 19, 2010

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Shaun Underwood (Fuquay-Varina)

Fuquay-Varina's Shawn Underwood said Sunday that the investigation into the North Carolina football program will not impact his decision to attend the school.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle verbally committed to the Heels in July, but defensive line coach John Blake, who played a large part in Underwood's recruitment to Chapel Hill, recently resigned. Blake's connections with agents are being investigated as the NCAA looks into the school's football program.

Underwood, a member of the Class of 2011, said Blake's resignation likely won't impact his decision.

"At first it did (have an impact), but I realized he wasn't the reason I'm going there," Underwood said. "I'm going there because it's a great school and I want a good education."

Underwood is a three-star prospect according to He chose UNC over Duke, East Carolina, N.C. State, New Mexico, Penn State, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

At Fuquay-Varina last season, Underwood recorded 81 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and three sacks.

The Bengals are 4-1 so far this season.

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hey, tarheel 57 86 59 whatever, you are true blue. How does this not compromise the integrity of that institution? All the cheating, with faculty members being pressured to change grades etc and their integrity isn't compromised? You all can't stand it because you cheat your you know what off. No wonder underwood isn't going to change his mine. If I am an average student at best I would go over there also. You have somebody doing all the work for you. Hypocrisy has no boundaries with unc people. I am glad I don't have a watered down degree from that distinguished institution.
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September 22, 2010 6:42 p.m.
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He, like the other recruits, knows that UNC will not deal with this issue again. There may be sanctions handed down, but the academic integrity of the University has not been compromised, no matter how much you ABC'ers want it to be.
Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer
September 20, 2010 9:59 a.m.
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There is only one reason this particular WRAL story is posted. To keep other recruits from having second thoughts.
September 20, 2010 1:30 a.m.
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Elvis..........once again let me explain.......even if Carolina goes on probation they have a better shot at going to a bowl than the other local schools around here! We all know if they go on probation most likely they wont be bowl elegible! Now read into my comments ever how you choose to!!
September 19, 2010 4:38 p.m.
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All you guys must be State fans, anyone that has a chance for a great education and a chance to play at any big school out of high school is an accompishment. He is a good kid, I wanted him at NC State myself so I could see him when I use my season tickets, I am just happy for him no matter where he goes. He doesn't need to make his decision off what might happen to NC. Good luck Shawn!
September 19, 2010 2:37 p.m.
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Other factors in Underwoods decision are also in affect. He wants to be close to his family, yes there are other schools BUT Underwood grew up a Tarheels fan. He dreamt as a little to play on their football team, and now he has the chance to fulfill his dream. These are some of the reasons that factor into his decision
September 19, 2010 2:15 p.m.
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Yeah that sounds all nice and romantic, except for one thing. When the NCAA puts you on probation, chances are pretty good you're not going bowling. Of course this young man is just going to Carolina because it's a great school and he can get a good education there. Yeah okay. *lol*
September 19, 2010 2:02 p.m.
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He understands that even if Carolina goes on probation they still have a better shot at going to a bowl than the other local teams!! Lol!! Smart kid!!
September 19, 2010 1:30 p.m.
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He's already committed, he's not going to let some dumb investigation get in the way of playing for his college team.
September 19, 2010 12:51 p.m.
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Okay, maybe this guy isn't the sharpest tool in the shed after all. I mean if it's not all about football and it's more of "a great school and good education" issue, then dude, those other schools mentioned might be worth a second look. And even if it was more about football, going there right now is like going to play for Southern Cal for the next four years. In other words, probably not a wise choice with all things considered. But hey, that's just me.
September 19, 2010 12:22 p.m.
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