The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive tackle announced this week he has decommitted from USC, leaving a final four of the Trojans, Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington.
With the Huskies working to add size on both their offensive and defensive lines, landing the nation’s No. 33-rated prospect would be an impressive addition to a 2013 class currently ranked No. 19 in country.
While Vanderdoes seemed to enjoy his recent visit to Washington, the program doesn’t appear to be the frontrunner to land him right now. However, the Huskies remain in the mix.
Whether it is Vanderdoes or linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), Washington continues to be listed among the leaders for the services of several high-profile recruits.
Could Vanderdoes become this year’s Shaq Thompson? It is an idea that has the Huskies’ fan base anxiously awaiting some good news after linebacker Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) committed to Oregon last week.
If Vanderdoes did commit to Washington, he would become the top-rated prospect in this year’s class. His combination of strength and talent would make him a candidate to contribute immediately.
He was the defensive line MVP at The Opening this summer and would fit nicely with Danny Shelton, who will be a junior next season.
Outside of his comments on Twitter, Vanderdoes hasn’t said much about where he stands in recruiting. Until he rules out the Huskies, though, there is reason to be optimistic.
While Vanderdoes weighs his options, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@JT_Campos: What are the chances UW gets Reuben Foster, and can he have a Shaq Thompson-like impact immediately on D?
We will know more about Washington’s actual chances to land Foster once he takes his official visit. If he is wowed during his trip, the Huskies have a chance. If not, he will stay in the South.
I am curious to see what he says after his Jan. 11 trip to Seattle.
It has never been a secret that he likes the program. But odds currently are pointing toward him ending up at Georgia or Auburn.
@blykmyk44 via Twitter: If you are Sark, who would you target for the assistant coaching replacements?
That’s a tough question. After bringing in coaches like Tosh Lupoi, Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon at the end of last season, Steve Sarkisian has done well adding new assistants with strong recruiting reputations.
This time around, with two open positions, bringing in talented recruiters will continue to be a focal point. There is a lot to like in the rumor that Marques Tuiasosopo potentially could be a candidate for one of the openings at Washington.
The former Huskies quarterback has history with the program, providing a link to Washington’s last great season, and he has the recruiting chops to be successful with the Huskies.
I think that move would make a lot of sense. It will be interesting to see how Sarkisian decides to fill those positions.
@lancemanionbos:What guys could we lose because of coaching changes?
Jimmie Dougherty and Joel Thomas were both valuable members of the coaching staff. Running back recruits all spoke highly of their relationship with Thomas, so his departure to Arkansas is a blow for Washington.
However, I’m not sure at this point if it will cost the Huskies any recruits. I haven’t heard of any commits talking about leaving because of the recent departures.
I don’t think we’ll know the full impact of the decisions Dougherty and Thomas made until Washington hires their replacements.
John via e-mail: James Sample. Is he really transferring from Washington?
As of now, that remains to be seen. There was a report from Sacramento Bee reporter Joe Davidson that Sample planned on transferring, but I haven’t heard anything since that report was posted Dec. 21 on Twitter.