"Every day I'd go on Twitter or Facebook and I'd read about all of these guys dominating and getting invited to The Opening," said Vanderdoes. "But because I was in baseball, I couldn't get to the Oakland one so I was pretty excited when I saw they were going to have one in Eugene after baseball season."
And while he's one of the premier prospects in the country, Vanderdoes was still feeling the pressure to perform at the NFTC.
"The pressure was on me more because I still hadn't gone to one and more and more I felt like I had to come here and perform and prove that I was the real deal," said Vanderdoes.
Consider it proven.
Vanderdoes put on a show, one of the finest camp showings we've seen in some time, and rolled to the DL MVP honors and left with the golden ticket, an invite to The Opening.
"I'm still just getting into football shape and I've had to catch up a little bit because of baseball," said Vanderdoes. "I thought I did well but I could improve on my technique and balance."
A five-star by Scout and the #9-ranked prospect overall in the class of 2013, Vanderdoes has over 40 offers, with suitors from across the country.
He plans to start whittling his list down in the next month.
"I'll be narrowing it down some in the next 3-4 weeks," said Vanderdoes. "I don't know if I'll make a set top 10 though. I plan to include the schools that I'll take my 4-5 officials, and then have the schools I'm still considering that I already visited that I don't need to visit officially, but not a real set top 10 or anything."
Vanderdoes has one official visit set, and two others he knows he'll for sure visit officially.
"I'm visiting Penn State, Nebraska and LSU," said Vanderdoes. "The only one set is LSU. I'm going there the weekend they play Alabama (November 3rd). That's going to be a great game and I'm so grateful I get to go that weekend."
"I know I'm going back down to L.A. to see UCLA and USC. Coach (Clay) Helton (at USC) and Coach Angus (McClure) came by during the spring and I'm going to go back down there again," said Vanderdoes. "I'll definitely visit Cal for sure too, and I'm going to come back up to Oregon again."
While in Eugene, Vanderdoes walked the Oregon campus with his family, but visited the school the weekend of the Ducks' Spring Game back in April and is planning to be back in July.
"I'm planning to take an unofficial back to Oregon, maybe when I come up for The Opening, or maybe later," said Vanderdoes. "I just walked around with my family but I was here for the spring game so I had a good general sense of the school."
Vanderdoes said he'd also like to visit Georgia unofficially when he's down there this summer.
"Georgia wants to get me down there for a visit either officially or unofficially," said Vanderdoes.
Vanderdoes measured in at 6-3, 303, at the NFTC and said he's happy with his weight but wants to get fully ready for football season.
"Now that baseball is over, I want to get more muscular and get in more football shape," said Vanderdoes.