The Georgia commit has hit 97 mph on the radar gun and one scout I spoke to this fall said "I have seen him sit 93-94 after 75 pitches." He also offers deception in his delivery as he whips his arm through from a high ¾ slot. His best offspeed pitch is a 70-73 mph overhand curve.
--Jason A. Churchill
Univ. of Georgia Release, Nov. 14, 2011
A 6-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder from Marietta, Ga., Duane is the son of April and Duane Underwood. A 2011 Under Armour All-American, he attends Pope High School where he plays for coach Jeff Rowland. As a junior, he went 6-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. Also, he batted .361 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 20 stolen bases in helping Pope post an 18-9 record. He earned MVP honors for the Greyhounds as they captured the region title and advanced to the Elite Eight of the state playoffs. Additionally, Underwood earned All-Region honors in Class 5AAAA, the Outstanding Season Award from the Georgia Dugout Club and was named to the Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County All-County Team. He has been a key member of the East Cobb Astros summer league team and was named to the 2011 WWBA World All-Tournament team, a Perfect Game Jackie Robinson Award finalist and Perfect Game Underclassmen 1st Team.
"When I signed to become a Georgia Bulldog, it was one of the best moments of my life," said Underwood. "The excitement of playing baseball in the SEC as a Bulldog will be awesome."
"Duane is one of the most versatile baseball players we've signed and is a legitimate two-way talent," said (Georgia head coach David) Perno. "He is throwing 97-98 on the mound and swings a good bat too. He is primarily a pitcher and could help in the outfield and provide a power bat."