Blake Underwood probably knows Michigan State better than a lot of students.
His parents attended there. His grandfather, Clarence Underwood, served as the Spartans’ athletic director from 1999-2002. And the youngest Underwood, a junior safety at East Lansing High School, has grown up right by campus.
The football program at MSU has been a staple of Underwood’s childhood — he’s lost track of the number of visits he’s taken. Land of 10 recently spoke to Underwood, who has been offered by Bowling Green and Illinois State thus far. We dove into plenty of topics unrelated to football, but sometimes the answers led back to the sport he loves. What can you do?
Q: What’s the best thing about East Lansing and living near a college campus?
Underwood: “The best thing about East Lansing and living by campus is going to the football games. The environment is just amazing. You go to the game and it’s just like something I dreamed of doing when I was younger. It’s amazing to watch every single game.”
Q: What’s the worst thing about East Lansing and living near a college campus?
Underwood: “The worst thing about East Lansing is probably sometimes the students get a little crazy. That’s probably the only worst thing I could possibly think of.”
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school each day?
Underwood: “Do my homework, then lift, then eat and go to sleep.”
Q: What’s your go-to snack?
Underwood: “Peanut butter and jelly, and applesauce.”
Q: What show can’t you miss an episode of right now?
Underwood: “‘Last Chance U.’ I’ve watched pretty much every single episode.”
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
Underwood: “Probably ‘Remember the Titans.'”
Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
Underwood: “Social studies is the most interesting to me, just the history and learning about recent times.”
What’s the least favorite job you have or have had?
Underwood: “I cut the grass for my mom, and I do it by myself, and it’s a pretty big yard. That can get pretty tiring.”
Q: Who’s your biggest role model you’ve never met?
Underwood: “(Former Yankees shortstop) Derek Jeter. He just pushes himself harder and harder every single day to just do what he needs to do.”
Q: How would your friends describe you off the field?
Underwood: “I would say probably a nice person. I tend to talk to a lot of people and introduce myself to a lot of people and make friends with everybody.”