Vanderdoes impresses again, in Oregon

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Eddie Vanderdoes has already impressed hundreds of coaches and scouts on his way to becoming the most coveted recruit in the history of Placer High athletics.

Last weekend he turned even more heads. The 6-4, 300-pound Vanderdoes was named the top defensive lineman at the Nike Football Training Camp in Eugene, Ore., earning an invite to The Opening next month. Vanderdoes, who has more than 40 scholarship offers from most of the top programs in the country, will join the top recruits in the country at one last college showcase.

Brandon Huffman, the National Recruiting Analyst for Fox Sports and West Regional Recruiting Manager for, got an up close look at the Placer senior-to-be. Here is what he had to say about the star defensive tackle.

TM: What made Eddie stand out in a group of standouts at the Oregon camp?

BH: "Eddie was on a whole other level on Sunday. It was pretty dang impressive.
"I think what makes him standout is his quickness of the ball, and his pure, raw strength, but most importantly, his hand quickness- he disengages from his blocker quickly, using his hands well, and gets into the backfield. He’s also got the quickness and speed with a frame that could probably still add 20-30 more pounds."

TM: What is Eddie's demeanor/personality like with scouts and coaches?

BH: "He’s got a real easy-going, laid-back personality, with a good sense of humor (for instance, I’m an Angels fan, and tweeted on Opening Day about the Angels winning the WS, and he’s a Giants fan and said good luck but the Giants were winning it), so he’s just a real easy going kid- but can turn it on when he goes between the lines.

TM: Is there a pro player, or former pro, that Eddie reminds you of when he was at this stage of his career?

BH: "The guy I think he closest resembles is Derek Landri (former Notre Dame standout now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles) - both were about 6-3/6-4 in that 290/300 range, with a quick first step and endless motor, as seniors (or seniors to be).

TM: What are the advantages/disadvantages of Eddie waiting to make his decision on where to attend college?

BH: I think the advantage to waiting is he can see how fits into a defense, immediately, based on who leaves early for the draft, what the attrition is like at a school, and the overall depth chart. The disadvantage is he’s going to be called and bothered by coaches for the better part of the next 8 months.