Vanderdoes Dominant at NFTC

Five-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer (Auburn, Cal.) spoke with's Chris Courtney on Sunday afternoon following the the Eugene NFTC regarding his recruitment.

(This report is taken from Chris Courtney's post on Talefeathers)

For starters, to say Vanderdoes was dominant, really doesn't do him justice. He was a man amongst boys in 1-on-1's going up against some pretty good offensive line competition that included Evan Voeller, Scott Quessenberry, and Andrew Kirkland. In fact, according to Jake Worthen, it was the most dominant performance he's ever seen from a defensive lineman in a camp setting. He was simply unblockable, taking home defensive lineman MVP honors along with an official invite to The Opening, which will be held at Nike headquarters, July 5-8.

As far as recruiting goes, Vanderdoes told me that USC and LSU have been coming after him the hardest recently. In addition to those two programs, Vanderdoes says that Washington, California, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Penn State and Nebraska have been in hot pursuit, as well. He's being recruited at both defensive end and defensive tackle and he tells me he really doesn't have a preference for where he ultimately ends up. He believes his future is likely at defensive tackle due to his body structure, but most schools have told him that they would likely deploy him from a variety of positions along the defensive line. If he were to come to Oregon, Vanderdoes says he would likely play all three positions along the defensive line. According to him, the Oregon coaching staff really covets his versatility, which he believes could give him an excellent chance to compete immediately if he were to sign with the Ducks.

His appearance at the NFTC this afternoon was Vanderdoes' second time in Eugene, his first since his unofficial visit in April for the Oregon spring game, which he called a "blast." He said he loved everything from the game, to the facilities, to the crowd and he really enjoyed the time he got to spend with Jerry Azzinaro and Chip Kelly.

Aside from The Opening, Vanderdoes plans to attend the Rivals 100 and also unofficially visit USC, UCLA, and perhaps Washington this summer. For official visits, Vanderdoes is planning trips to Nebraska, Penn State, LSU, and maybe Oregon. Oregon is a maybe at this point, simply because Vanderdoes has already visited for the spring game and NFTC this weekend and is already planning on making return trips for The Opening, as well as for an unofficial visit for a game this fall.

Brandon Huffman will also have an article and video recaps on Vanderdoes and other prospects up in the coming days, so stay tuned for that as well.

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