Earlier this morning Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien announced that Chandler, Underwood, and fellow signee Raynard Randolph would not enroll this fall. While Randolph's plans are unconfirmed at this point, Chandler and Underwood are headed to prep school.
Bryan Underwood, a three-year starter at wide receiver for University Heights (OH) Cleveland Heights High School, pulled down 16 catches for 156 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. During his junior season Underwood played in a pass-oriented attack and tallied 40 catches for 573 yards and seven scores.
At just 5-foot-10, Underwood is as explosive a receiver you will find in the prep ranks. He has another gear, and has been timed as low as 4.31 in the 40-yard dash. He has the ability to beat defensive backs for jumpballs and is a threat to score every time he touches the football.
He selected NC State over offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Kansas, NC State, Boston College, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Michigan among others.
However he won't be suiting up this fall.
"I didn't get qualified for North Carolina State," said Underwood. "I'll be at Hargrave for a semester... I'll be going there in August. It's kind of a letdown for the coaches and for myself, but it is what it is. I'm looking forward to getting to NC State after the season. That's my focus right now."
Underwood reiterated that his commitment to NC State is firm.
"I'll be closer to them than I am now up here in Ohio so I'm going to try and go to some games," he stated. "I'm not going anywhere else. NC State is the best school for me."
While Underwood was one of the smallest signees in the Wolfpack's 2009 class, Tyson Chandler is arguably the biggest. Hailing from North Plainfield (NJ) High, Chandler checks in at 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds and dominated on the prep level. He spent most of his high school career on the defensive line, recording 36 tackles and 14 tackles for a loss. As a junior he tallied 56 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, and nine sacks.
Chandler selected the Wolfpack over offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Maryland, New Mexico State, South Florida, and Temple among others.
Because North Plainfield's graduation was later than most schools, Chandler just found out his academic fate.
"I'll be going to Fork Union," he stated. "I just came up short with my scores so I barely missed making it through the NCAA clearinghouse."
He projects as an offensive lineman at NC State and maintains that he is still committed to the Wolfpack.
"I'm still going to NC State," he said. "I've heard you can look at other schools if you go to prep school, but I'm not going to do that. I'll just need to get my score in the fall and I can be there in January."