February 16, 2012

Vanderdoes picks up Michigan offer

Michigan's coaching staff has hit the West Coast hard early in the 2013 recruiting cycle. On Tuesday, Placer (Calif.) defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes picked up an offer from the Wolverines.

Vanderdoes' physical talent is obvious. Although he already stands 6-4, 285 pounds as a junior in high school, he has the footspeed to clock at 4.88 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Michigan, like most schools recruiting him, says they want to turn that explosiveness into a disruptive force in the middle of their defensive line.

There's a lot to like about his game - and that talent is what has him a four-star prospect and the No. 21 player in the nation in Rivals' initial Class of 2013 rankings.

Michigan isn't the only school to notice what he brings to the table, however. Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon State, and UCLA are among the schools that have offered the talented youngster. Although most of his visits thus far have been concentrated on the West Coast, he wants to visit the Midwest to explore his other options, when he gets the opportunity.

He doesn't have any favorites yet, but does know some of the factors he'll use to evaluate the schools that have offered him down the road. Like with most recruits, atmosphere, coaching, and academics are near the top of his list.

Although he's been focused on PAC-12 schools so far in his visits, Vanderdoes says that he is willing to leave the regions to play his college football, if that's where he finds a school that he loves. Michigan fans are hoping he'll find that feeling in Ann Arbor.

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