Trojans add ESPN 150 DT Vanderdoes 

July, 11, 2012
There was no stopping the USC Trojans on Wednesday. After receiving commitment from offensive linemen Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), the Trojans capped off the night with a commitment from the nation's No. 57 player, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).

"I really weighed the plusses and minuses of every school and USC had the most plusses," Vanderdoes said. "The academics, the power of the degree, getting a great job in the business industry, the football program is second-to-none, Southern California is a place I love, they're in dire need of depth at the position and that was a huge factor because I want to come in and compete right away. The defensive scheme is a dream for me and I like their attacking style. That separated them from every other school."

The 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle is a significant addition for USC. Vanderdoes received offers from programs across the country, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee, and some eyebrows were raised when it seemed as if the Trojans took their time in offering a scholarship. But Vanderdoes said there were no such issues.