"I was pretty excited. When I was first getting recruiting they were one of the first schools that come and watch me, and I really respect that," stated Underwood to PonyStampede.com. "They are local and I know the history of the school. I was really excited when I got the offer."
At 6'4 and 255 pounds, Underwood has offers from SMU, Illinois, Kansas State, Miss. State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and TCU. The junior is also hearing from schools like Michigan State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, and Alabama.
"I have a lot of offers and I hear about schools sending me offers, I really can't narrow it down at this point. It's to hard," said Underwood. "SMU has left a lasting impression. I knew if they spotted me that fast, then they probably have big plans for me to help with their programs."
"I know they are nationally known and recognized for their academics, and that they are trying to rebuild their football team. They have a great staff. I know what Coach Jones and Coach McKnight are all about, and I know what they have to offer as an offensive lineman."
A tight end for the Wildcats last season, Underwood is coming off a season where his team went 12-3 overall and lost in the state semi-finals.
"I want to be a state champion. We made it the state semi-finals last year, so I really want to go farther. Personally, I believe athletics lineman change the game," said Underwood. "I played tight end for the last two years, and this year I'm moving to offensive tackle. I want to keep the athletiscm. My goal is, to be the best offensive lineman on my team."
After already attending junior days at SMU, TCU, and Texas A&M, Underwood says that a return to SMU will be in order before the summer.
"I'm planning on checking out SMU, and I also want to check out Nebraska this summer. As far as the summer, I'm going to take some unofficials and get them out of the way," said the offensive tackle. "I would really like to have an idea of where I want to go before next season, but I'm not rushing this. If I'm not ready, I'm not ready."
So what will be some of the main things that go into Underwood's decision?
"I tell everyone that development sums it up in one word. I need to become a better person by when I leave, football wise and academically. You can always grow as a football player; I want someone to help me with that."
"We have a pretty balanced offense, we can go anything from a spread to pounding it. We have to do what we have to do to win," said Underwood. "I can block both ways, but my favorite thing to do is to keep the defenders off my ball carrier. Whether we are running it or passing it.
Underwood has a 3.4 GPA and 4.9 forty time. Currently he is benching 275 pounds. We will have more Cole Underwood information as it becomes available.