Vanderdoes makes it official ? USC

Placer High?s star defensive lineman makes verbal commitment to Trojans
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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The wait is over. With the strains of ?Fight On? playing in the background, you can color the race to win the talents of Placer High football star Eddie Vanderdoes a bright hue of Cardinal and Gold. Vanderdoes, a nationally recruited defensive lineman who will begin his senior year at Placer next month, ended months of speculation on where he will attend college earlier this week by making a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. ?I wasn?t really planning to commit until after the season started but things kind of just fell into place with USC,? said Vanderdoes Saturday afternoon. ?I was going to take some trips during the season but the USC thing felt like the right thing to do. I?m happy with my choice.? By NCAA regulations, a verbal commitment is not binding. USC will have to wait until national signing day, Feb. 6, 2013 for Vanderdoes to formally ink his letter of intent. ?It?s a great school with a lot of tradition,? said Vanderdoes. ?I?m really excited to get an opportunity to go there and play football and further my education.? Vanderdoes, perhaps the most heavily recruited prep athlete in any sport over the past 50 years in Placer County, reportedly had a total of 57 full scholarship offers to play football. The 6-foot 4-inch 290-pounder originally had 15 schools on his wish list last month and then two weeks ago whittled the schools down to 10. By selecting USC, he chose the Trojans over the likes of Oregon, Washington, Cal, Baylor, Nebraska and Penn State, just to name a few. A Top 100 lineman according to Max Preps, Vanderdoes? stock continued to rise this summer when the standout Hillman was named the MVP defensive lineman at the Oregon Combine in Eugene and then again at last week?s ?The Opening,? a combine at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon that drew the top 1,500 athletes from across the nation. ?Coaching a player like Eddie comes along once in a coach?s career,? said Placer High football coach Joey Montoya. ?He?s done everything the right way and we?re happy that he?s made a decision.? Montoya had nothing but praise for Vanderdoes, who he thought handled the rigors of what sometimes can be a trying recruiting process more than ably. ?I thought Eddie handled the whole process very well and was humble the entire way,? said Montoya. ?Through it all, Eddie continued working hard and was a complete team guy.? Vanderdoes and the Hillmen now enter the CIF-mandated ?dead period? until conditioning starts the first week of August. The senior to-be is eagerly anticipating the 2012 season. ?It?s an exciting time,? said Vanderdoes. ?Senior year. You?re playing everyone for the last time. Lining up with your friends. It should be a lot of fun.?