Stone Underwood, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound center from Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College, committed Monday to West Virginia, where he’s expected to compete for the spot vacated by departing senior Joe Madsen.
Memphis and UMass were the other FBS programs pursuing Underwood, who told WVSports.com that he does not plan to take any more recruiting visits.
“Underwood has gone under the radar a bit due to the fact he won’t be eligible to enroll until the summer, but he is a player that should compete immediately for time at the center position,” said Keenan Cummings, senior writer for WVSports.com of the Rivals network, who first reported the commitment.
“Underwood visited West Virginia this past weekend and was sold on the place. He’s a pickup who addresses an area of need heading into next season.”
Rivals ranked Underwood a two-star prospect in 2011 when he signed with FCS member Southeastern Louisiana coming out of Brookhaven, Miss. He transferred this past season to Copiah-Lincoln (9-3), which was ranked No. 14 in the final NJCAA poll and has so far sent nine other players to Division I programs.