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Prep Roundup

Placer Adds Another Football Scholarship Offer

TE-DE Sander Joins Vanderdoes, Denham
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Without question, the 50-plus scholarship offers garnered by Placer High defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes ? before his senior football season has even kicked off ? makes the big Hillman one of the most sought after prep football players ever produced in the foothills area. Not since Del Oro quarterback Randy Fasani in the late 1990s or Placer lineman Gary Anderson in the early 1970s, has there been an area football player that has drawn as much college recruiting attention as Vanderdoes. While Fasani and Anderson both landed at Stanford - and both went on to play in the NFL - Vanderdoes has reportedly narrowed his list of college choices to 15 and soon plans to cut that number down to 10. As noted, the scholarship offers range nation wide from USC to Penn State, from Nebraska to Florida and from LSU to Oregon ? just to name a few. Despite Vanderdoes drawing the big bulk of the recruiting attention in the area, he?s not alone. When Placer opens its season on Aug. 31 in Modesto at Central Catholic, the Hillmen will have at least three players with scholarship offers on the table. Joining Vanderdoes and quarterback Peter Denham (Northern Arizona) with full scholarship offers this week is tight end-defensive end Stone Sander. At six-foot four-inches and 220 pounds, Sander excelled enough at a recent Sacramento State camp that the Hornets offered a full ride. ?He did well,? said Sander?s father Troy Minton-Sander, himself a standout at Placer in the late 1980s. ?It was a good camp for Stone. I think Sacramento Sate likes his size and potential.? Another area standout with multiple scholarship offers is Del Oro running back-safety Brandon Monroe. Monroe, who was only one of 13 athletes out of nearly 1,200 to score a rating over 100 in the recent SPARQ Combine in Oakland, has offers on the table from both Fresno State and San Jose State. Monroe ran for 1,662 yards as a junior a year ago and scored 26 touchdowns either rushing, receiving, interceptions and kick returns. He also had 56 tackles on defense. In another scholarship offer of note, Nevada Union linebacker Tanner Vallejo recently verbally committed to Boise State. Vallejo had ten offers on the table including Arizona, Washington State and Colorado. No Optimist Game For the first time in over 50 summers, there will be not be a Optimist All-Star football game this summer. However, there will be one this December. In a format change, the Optimist All-Star game will pick up a major sponsor and take the place of the now defunct Holiday Bowl which over the past few years pitted Sacramento All-Stars against the Stockton-Modesto area and last year the East Bay. ?It makes more sense to do it this way,? said Joe Duarte who has worked with the Optimist All-Star game since its inception in 1956. ?The date we?re looking at is Dec.22.? Numbers Gazing The ?official? CBEDS numbers for enrollment - which the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section uses for divisional breakdown for high school playoffs in volleyball, basketball and football - won?t be released by the CIF section office until September. However, thanks to the California Department of Education?s website, here?s an early look at how enrollment figures will shape up for next year. In the Pioneer Valley League, the numbers ? with gains or losses from last year listed - are as follows: Lincoln (1,478, -19); Placer (1,367, +32); Center, (1,332, -29); Foothill (1,198, -81); Bear River (850, -99); Colfax (785, -70). In the Sierra Foothill League schools of note, Del Oro went up from 1,696 to 1,704 (+8), Rocklin went from 1,778 to 1,840 (+62) and Roseville went from 2,035 to 1,993 (-42). Two other schools of interest that increased and decreased with dramatic numbers were Whitney going from 1,657 to 1,777, an increase of 120 students and Inderkum, because of the closure of a charter school on its campus, dropping from 1,766 students to 1,555.