Michigan Wolverines: Eddie Vanderdoes

SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:
videoSAN ANTONIO – ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) has drawn plenty of attention for his play through two practices for the East team in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He’ll garner even more eyes his way on Saturday when he announces his commitment during the game.

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comESPN 150 WR James Quick is set to decide between Ohio State, Louisville and Oregon on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he is down to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon. Though his decision will come Saturday, it could be finalized by Wednesday morning, as he sits down to discuss his options with his parents, who are in town for the event.

“I am basically going to ask them which coach they have the best relationship with,” Quick said. “There has to be a relationship with the head coach and family as well.”

When asked if there was a head coach among his finalists that was stood out to him the most, he said no. But Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his tendency of playing freshmen is intriguing to him and is one of the main reasons that Louisville is in the mix.

The sales pitch for all of them is pretty much the same: Join our program, and early playing time will likely be there.

“They are all basically saying that I am going to get early playing time. Some are saying that I am going to get the ball more than others,” he said. “It’s all about early playing time, really.”

Quick has taken official visits to Louisville and Ohio State. He wasn’t able to make it to Oregon for an unofficial visit but has the Ducks squarely in the mix because of his relationship with the coaching staff.

“I have built a good relationship with their coaches and the offense that they run. It’s up-tempo, which really excites a player of my caliber,” he said.

Newsmaker: Last week, offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) wasn’t expecting to play football over his break. On Tuesday, he was preparing for a nationally televised appearance in a U.S. Army All-American Bowl uniform.

Campos, a three-star Iowa State commit, was called Sunday afternoon as a replacement for injured lineman Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa). By 6 a.m. Monday, he was on a flight to San Antonio. At the end of Tuesday, he was fully taking on the responsibility of fending off stud defensive linemen such as Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) and A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights).

“I was shocked at first, but then, I got really excited,” said Campos, a 6-7, 250-pound tackle who said he’s “110-percent committed” to Iowa State.

“It was so out of the blue, but it’s great to be here. At first, learning the plays was tough, but I got those down now. I’m just adjusting to right tackle. I was still working the kinks out, that’s all.”

Superlatives: The East defensive line really stepped up in afternoon practice during 11-on-11 action. Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was unstoppable. Virginia Tech defensive end commit Wyatt Teller (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) also stepped up his game from Monday, intercepting a pass in the morning session from Auburn-bound quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and playing even better in the afternoon. … The best hands on the West team may not be on a wide receiver. ESPN 150 tight end DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) made some great catches on Monday, and he continued to shine on Tuesday. Smith an LSU commitment, is the No. 5 tight end in the country. … The catch of the day from the East goes to ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who ripped a ball away from Florida defensive back commitment Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). An uncommitted, four-star athlete, Boyd is expected to announce his college future on Saturday. … ESPN 150 running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) continued to be the best running back for the East. He shined in the early morning practice, with help from a very good offensive line.


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Watch: Best of NFTC one-on-ones

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Here is the best of the 2012 NFTC one-on-ones featuring some of the nation's top recruits. Included are Reuben Foster, Laremy Tunsil, Alvin Kamara, Torrodney Prevot, Frank Herron, Eddie Vanderdoes, Ahmad Fulwood and Altee Tenpenny.

Vanderdoes names his top 15 

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Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to Twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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With 17 commits, the Wolverines have the most commitments of any team in the country. There are a maximum of seven spots left in the class that Michigan will be looking to fill. We will take a look at possible scenarios that Michigan's class could finish with based on current numbers and situations.

For argument's sake we'll just assume the Wolverines fill the class with seven more prospects just to make the numbers consistent.

CURRENTLY:

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Top 12 Prospects - No. 3 

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There are roughly seven spots left in Michigan's 2013 class, and there are still a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are still considering Michigan, and it would be tough to turn away those kinds of recruits. So WolverineNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Michigan based on need and want leading up to the spring game.

No. 3

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Tom’s pick: Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic)

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Top 12 Prospects - No. 6 

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There are roughly eight spots left in Michigan's 2013 class, and there are still a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are still considering Michigan, and it would be tough to turn away those kinds of recruits. So WolverineNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Michigan based on need and want leading up to the spring game.

No. 6

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Erik McKinney for ESPN.comSu'a Cravens has offers from all over the country, including Michigan, USC, Florida, Ohio State and many other top programs.
Tom's pick: DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer)

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Top 12 Prospects - No. 7 

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There are roughly eight spots left in Michigan's 2013 class, and there are still a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are still considering Michigan, and it would be tough to turn away those kinds of recruits. So WolverineNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Michigan based on need and want leading up to the spring game.

No. 7

Tom's pick: DE Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata)

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The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peak inside Michigan recruiting.

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Mattison is a draw for recruits 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Not many college football coaching staffs can boost a defensive coordinator who guided linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed. Or one that employs a man whose defense once finished third in the NFL.

But Michigan can. And for several prospects in the Wolverines' 2012 and 2013 classes, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and his resume have been a big draw.

"That's a huge pull because he has been around NFL players and he knows what it takes to get a college kid to the next level," 2013 defensive tackle recruit Eddie Vanderdoes said. "Obviously, you're going to have a lot of confidence in someone like that. It’s a really good feeling knowing you have a really good defensive coordinator like that."

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Michigan has already picked up five commits on its offensive line for the 2013 class. But so far, the Wolverines have only one defensive line commit, Taco Charlton.

The Wolverines' 2012 defensive line class is impressive and includes four-stars Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormley and Mario Ojemudia, and three-stars Matt Godin, Tom Strobel and Willie Henry.

Here is an in-depth look at each 2013 defensive lineman the Wolverines have offered so far:

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Michigan offers Eddie Vanderdoes 

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Michigan put an offer out to 2013 defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) on Tuesday.

"I have a lot of interest," Vanderdoes said of the Wolverines. "I mean, it's Michigan. They have a lot of history. It's a great program."

Vanderdoes said he spoke with special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno on Monday and that the coach had asked for him to call back on Tuesday so he could have a chance to speak with the whole staff. It was on that call that the Wolverines' staff offered him.

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