USC offers California's top defensive lineman 

May, 4, 2012
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) received a scholarship offer from the USC Trojans on Friday. Vanderdoes is the No. 56 player in the ESPN 150, as well as the top defensive lineman -- and No. 4 player overall -- in California.

Vanderdoes had already collected more than 30 offers from schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Washington, which had some USC fans questioning whether Vanderdoes would receive an offer from Lane Kiffin and staff.

Two weeks ago, USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton was on hand to witness Vanderdoes go through a workout and pitch a six-inning gem on the baseball diamond. Vanderdoes said then that Helton was pushing for Vanderdoes to receive an offer. Friday, Vanderdoes received the news.