USC Football Recruiting: Odds Trojans Win Big Race for Coveted 4-Star DT
The USC Trojans have already snagged some exceptional players in regards to the 2013 recruiting class, but they may not be done just yet.
Eddie Vanderdoes is a 4-star defensive tackle prospect out of Auburn, California that has a lot of big-time offers—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and USC just to name a few—but has not yet made a commitment.
What he has done though is let us know, via his Twitter, that he's narrowed the list down to ten, and USC has made that exclusive list:
TOP 10:Baylor,Cal,USC,Florida,LSU,Nebraska,Oregon,Penn St,UCLA,Washington. NO ORDER.— EV4 (@EddieVanderdoes) July 3, 2012
This would be an absolutely huge commitment if Lane Kiffin and his team were able to make it happen, and I believe the odds are very high that they will be able to bring him in.
What are the chances that USC gets Vanderdoes?
They've already got commitments from two elite defenders—5-star defensive end Kenny Bigelow and 5-star safety Su'a Cravens—but haven't yet been able to bring in any true defensive lineman. To really round out what should be a very impressive 2013 class, the Trojans need to find a high-impact player that can cause havoc at the line of scrimmage.
That would make Vanderdoes an important piece of this class, rather than just another recruit. To be an important part of any recruiting class at USC is a great honor. That's an honor that USC can offer the defensive tackle, and it's one that should be very appealing.
The Trojans also have set themselves up to win big now and in the future. Matt Barkley and this year's squad are thought of as championship contenders, and Kiffin has done a great job of setting his program up for long-term success.
If Vanderdoes wants to be on a team that is part of the national championship discussion every season, USC will have the advantage.
Overall, they are really the only school on his list, besides LSU, that can definitively say that, as of right now. So the odds are really in their favor of landing the stud defensive lineman.
The good news is, at least according to Vanderdoes' tweet, that the Trojans are in the running.
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