The Opening: Eddie Vanderdoes

Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was so impressive at The Opening this past weekend, that he took home the DL MVP award despite missing the final workout session due to a sprained shoulder.

Eddie Vanderdoes came in to The Opening with a lofty reputation and more than lived up to it. He's one of the most powerful athletes in the country and drew raves from the entire coaching staff.

"He was the top lineman here, no question," NIKE lead DL coach Chuck Wiley said. "There might have been others who were better or as good in the pass rush but in terms of the total package, pass rush, stopping the run, recognition between run and pass, film room, he was the guy. He's an incredible player."

Vanderdoes only lost one rep all weekend but in doing so, he landed awkwardly on his shoulder and ended up spraining it, which knocked him out of participating in the championship finals that night.

"I was very disappointed about it but this was still an incredible experience for me," Vanderdoes said. "Just being able to come out here and having NIKE open up the campus for us was really special. This is the top 150 players in the country and I was just grateful to be a part of it.

"You had NFL guys like Ndamukong Suh, Ray Rice, Joe Haden, Marshall Faulk and a few others all teaching us and I just tried to soak up as much information as I could. My whole goal was just to learn as much as I could and get better and I think I did that."

Along with dominating the drills, Vanderdoes also had the 3rd best SPARQ Rating for all lineman with a 106.59 score after clocking a 5.12-40, 4.60 in the shuttle, jumped 30 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 42'.

On the recruiting front, Vanderdoes has one trip locked up, is close to setting two more but also said he could potentially make an early decision at the end of the summer.

"I'm going to LSU (Nov. 3) for the Alabama game and I'm also going to visit Penn State and Nebraska," Vanderdoes said. "The Penn State visit will likely be when they play Ohio State and Nebraska will probably be when they play Wisconsin. I think I'll probably take an official visit to USC too and I'm planning to take an unofficial visit there later in the summer.

"The last time I visited USC, it was for Junior Day and I didn't get to spend a lot of time seeing the campus or talking to the players. I kind of want to go and experience all that and get a better feel for the place. That last visit is still open and I'm just going to look for the school that I feel has the most pluses for me. I'm looking for a school that has a big need for lineman and where I feel most comfortable with the coaches."

Vanderdoes also said he could pull the trigger early if things play out right for him.

"I think there is a lot of benefit in committing early," Vanderdoes said. "I'm really thinking a lot about committing earlier now, maybe in the next month or so. I've been up to Oregon already, I've seen Cal a million times and I'm planning to visit there two more times. I really want to focus on my team and be a good teammate. It's tough to take a visit and then come back all tired and not be 100% for the guys, that's not fair to them.

"I think if I committed early, I could focus on my school work and just enjoy my senior year more. It's not a for sure thing, only if I know where I want to go will I commit early. I'm not going to rush the process but I'm not going to drag it out either. If I know in the summer what I want to do, I'll go ahead and do it so we'll see how it plays out."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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