Trenton's Vandevender Set For Busy Summer

For many of the state's top football recruits, the late spring/early summer will be dedicated to meticulously evaluating the programs that have offered scholarships. For others, though, it's a time to show their mettle at combines and camps in hopes of earning offers. Trenton linebacker-running back DeAndre Vandevender is one of the more promising in-state players in that second category.

Vandevender, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete likely to play outside linebacker in college, has been hearing from Mizzou, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois, Wyoming and Western Michigan. But none of those schools have made it clear that an offer is forthcoming, so Vandevender will take his show on the road for the next couple of months.

"I think there's interest there, but I'm not sure if he's an early offer guy. He might have to play himself into a scholarship this fall," Trenton coach Wes Croy said. "He needs to have a good summer and do well at the camps."

The only question about Vandevender's Division I prospects is his speed, Croy said. He runs roughly a 4.7-second 40-yard dash, which he'll need to trim slightly in order to get the recruiters' full attention.

"If he goes and runs a 4.6 or 4.5 at some of these camps, the interest will pick up," Croy said. "He's going to go to as much stuff as he can go to."

Vandevender was a second-team Class 2 all-state selection last season after rushing for 1,900-plus yards on more than 10 yards per carry. Though he doesn't possess blazing speed, he is an excellent athlete, as evidenced by his track exploits. He is the reigning state champion in the triple jump, posted a 22-foot long jump and can high jump six feet six inches.

Besides Western Michigan, all of the schools looking at Vandeveder see him as an outside linebacker, as he has the frame to weigh somewhere around 225 or 230 pounds after a redshirt season. Missouri coach Andy Hill, a Trenton native, has been in touch with him and will be visiting the school in the near future, Croy said.

Vandevender is good friends with Mizzou commit Brad Madison and has also become friendly with freshman linebacker Luke Lambert after competing against him in high school. He's been to MU on several occasions, including the spring game last weekend.

"I think he really, really likes Missouri," Croy said, "it's just a matter of how much they like him."

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