Five on Top for Vanderdoes

One of the top defensive lineman in the West region next fall will be Auburn (Calif.) Placer athlete Eddie Vanderdoes. The tackle prospect picked up two more offers on Wednesday and is nearing double digits...

Eddie Vanderdoes is a great looking tackle prospect and has everything you're looking for in a future lineman. He has a great frame, is very quick off the ball and his closing speed is excellent for a 275 pound lineman. He's a physical player with good strength and his lateral mobility is another big plus as he's able to beat his man with a simple swim move without even getting touched off the snap.

On the recruiting front, Vanderdoes picked up his first offer from San Jose State when he was just a sophomore. Oregon State offered him at their camp following his sophomore season and things are really beginning to pick up steam now.

"I also have offers from UCLA, Cal, Washington, Nevada, Washington State and Ole Miss," Vanderdoes said. "WSU and Ole Miss just offered on Wednesday so it was an exciting day for me. Oregon, USC and Tennessee are also showing a lot of interest and hopefully they offer soon as well.

"I'm going to USC's Junior Day on Sunday and they sound very interest. Clay Helton is recruiting me and said Coach [Ed] Orgeron, the DL coach liked my film a lot so a Junior Day offer would be great. Oregon would be another huge offer and I've been talking with Coach [Gary] Campbell. I'm going to visit their in the spring and the Ducks are very high on my list. My family is close with the Armstead family and with Arik signing with Oregon, that is a definite plus there as well."

Prior to taking in the Trojans Junior Day, Vanderdoes plans to take an unofficial visit to UCLA on Saturday. He also plans to take in Cal's Junior Day later this month and is hoping to attend the Huskies Junior Day in April.

"I've been to Cal twice already," Vanderdoes said. "I want to go and talk with the new DL coach and see how things go there. Right now, my top schools are Oregon, USC, Washington, Cal and UCLA. I like Ole Miss too and Alabama is another school I have a lot of interest and really respect their program.

"The main factors for me in picking a school are the location and where I'm comfortable, how I bond with the players on the team, how I get along with the defensive line coach, the scheme the team uses and how I fit in there, the depth chart, the facilities and the academics. Those are all important for me but I don't really have a timeframe of when I'll make my decision. I would like to take some visits but basically, whenever it feels right to me and I'm comfortable with it, I'll go ahead and make my decision."

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 Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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