With connections the Michigan coaching staff has with high school coaches in California, the Wolverines are looking to bring some left coast talent to Ann Arbor.
One 2013 recruit sought out by the Michigan staff is all the way up in the Sierra Nevada -- Placer (CA) high school DT Eddie Vanderdoes.
"It was awesome," said Vanderdoes about getting the Wolverine tender. "That's a great offer to have. I really like Michigan's offer. it's an honor to have an offer from Michigan."
For Vanderdoes, it didn't take long for the Michigan coaching staff to get back with him about an offer.
"Coach Mallory Facebook messaged me and told me to call him. SO I called him and he said he saw my highlight film, he said he loved it, he liked how I play, I'd really fit their scheme really well," said Vanderdoes. "He said he was going to get back to me the next day because he wanted to show the film to the defensive staff; and he said he was going to offer me the next day and he told me to call him at lunch. So I called him at lunch and I talked to him and the staff -- they were really excited about me and they offered me."
Vanderdoes, despite being on the west coast, is familiar with what exactly the Michigan program has to offer.
"That they're a really good program," said Vanderdoes. "I like the defensive scheme they run, I know there's a lot of history at Michigan, they send a lot of guys to the league which is awesome. It seems like they're a really good program and I know they went 11 and 2 last year."
Distance won't be a factor according to Vanderdoes and right now it's all about collecting offers and keeping his options open.
"I'm just kind of keeping my eyes open, observing programs right now, taking it all in to see what program I'll really start to get glued to -- but right now it's really open game for anyone," said Vanderdoes.
With so many offers rolling in could Vanderdoes be planning a few spring trips?
"Not exactly, that's all up in the air," said Vanderdoes. "I'd love to take a few visits to wherever coaches want me. But that's up in the air right now because I haven't really talked to my family about that too much yet."
Once visits are scheduled and executed, Vanderdoes knows exactly what he'll be looking for on campus.
"When I visit places I'll look at things campus wise, what area is it in, how am I going to get long with the coach that I'm with the next four years, the players I'll be bonding with and teammates with, the defensive scheme I'll be fitting in, academics, and all that kind of stuff," said Vanderdoes.
Wherever Vanderdoes ends up, he'll bring the whole package as a defensive tackle with a very versatile skill set at 6'4 and 285 pounds.
As far as his strongest suit, he said, "I would have to say my strength. Probably my strength is my number one, plus my ability to find the football, my athleticism, my speed -- those are probably my strengths."
Will he end up visiting Michigan? Time will tell …
CA DL Vanderdoes honored to receive U-M offer
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