Placer's Eddie Vanderdoes excited to represent Auburn at U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Jan.

By: Matthew Kimel / Auburn Journal
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The kudos keep piling up for Eddie Vanderdoes. The Southern California-bound Placer High School senior was selected Wednesday to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman is one of 90 out of the legions of prep football players in the nation to have been chosen for the game. “It’s really nice to get to compete with the best of the best,” Vanderdoes said after a presentation was made on campus in front of his biological and football family in the Hillmen’s weight room. “… It’s nice to be the first Army All-American to come out of Auburn. I’m really excited to represent Auburn.” The annual East vs. West game at the Alamodome in San Antonio will be shown live on NBC at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Vanderdoes was named to the roster by the game’s selection committee, which consists of All American Games’ network of regional directors and “Eddie is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Placer High School,” said John Myers, an Army marketing director, in a news release. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Eddie possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army strong solider that have afforded him that honor.” Vanderdoes, who had a team-high eight sacks last season, leads the Hillmen (5-0) with 4.5 sacks this year. Last week at Woodcreek he blocked a punt for a safety. As a result of Vanderdoes being selected for the game, Hillmen coach Joey Montoya has been invited to San Antonio and the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, a three-day learning experience featuring NFL coaches. Excluding academic accolades, Montoya said Vanderdoes’ selection was the biggest honor any of his players have ever received. When asked if he thought Vanderdoes was deserving of it, Montoya said, “As a player and a person, he embodies everything the All-American game is about.” Prior players who competed in the game include Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Ndamukong Suh. Reach Matthew Kimel at Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel