It was a big day for USC Trojans football on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, they received two verbal commitments from two of the best offensive linemen in the county in Khaliel Rodgers and Nico Falah. And late at night around 11:00pm, Placer High school’s Eddie Vanderdoes decided to give his commitment to USC.
According to Scout, Vanderdoes is a five-star athlete, #2 defensive tackle in the country. He received scholarship offers from almost every major program in the nation. Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC and etc. all came calling for his services; but at the end he decided to give his verbal commitment to a program that is heavily sanctioned in USC.
Vanderdoes is a huge defensive tackle who can play both nose tackle and defensive end. He has a quick burst and uses his hands and strength quite well. Due to his strength, he does not change direction as fluidly.
Many people have said that his commitment to USC is a big mistake. The last time a major local athlete committed to the Trojans was Pleasant Grove’s Armond Armstead. He ended his college football career on a sour note. He is now in the Canadian Football League, perhaps not having a good time considering how cold it is up there.
Placer High will open its 2012 regular season on August 31, 2012 by playing Central Catholic of Modesto. It will be an interesting match-up. Central Catholic has tight-end John Mundt, who recently gave his verbal commitment to the Oregon Ducks. And with Vanderdoes commitment to USC, hopefully there will be “fireworks” on the football field.
Below is a small sampling of Vanderdoes abilities.