USC Football Recruiting: Trojans "Trifecta" Includes 5-Star DT Vanderdoes
That simple exclamation sums up the activity of Wednesday's USC Trojans recruiting action when Scout.com's Greg Biggins reported that 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes pulled the trigger for the cardinal and gold with his verbal commitment Wednesday evening.
Vanderdoes joined offensive linemen Nico Falah and Khaliel Rodgers as the third big 2013 commitment in a flurry of recent pledges.
But as nice as players like Falah and Rodgers are, neither is more important than Vanderdoes, who simply has been a beast in the defensive trenches wherever he plies his trade.
It is no secret that defensive tackle was a major focus for Lane Kiffin and his staff in recruiting, so with the Vanderdoes verbal, the Trojans can now lay claim to two of the very best in the nation.
Rated Scout.com's third-best tackle, (Trojan commit Kenny Bigelow is the second-highest rated player at the position), Vanderdoes is everything one would want in an interior lineman.
Big (6'3", 303 lbs.) and incredibly athletic, Vanderdoes has been unstoppable, as evidenced by his defensive line MVP performance at the prestigious "The Opening" event that attracted the best prep players in the nation last week.
Should the Trojans stop pursuing defensive tackles now that they have Vanderdoes and Bigelow?
Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee quoted him as saying, "Oh yes, it's really nice to have this done, I can sleep at night again, and that's a plus. I know it's not officially over until I sign, but it's USC for me. It's done. I've got a big monkey off my back."
With the Vanderdoes verbal, it takes a lot of pressure off the recruiting staff to deliver a stud interior lineman to go along with Bigelow.
The Trojans have only five defensive tackles on their 2012 roster, three of which have very little game experience, so re-stocking the position was of critical importance going forward for a scholarship-strapped program. Consider that mission accomplished, although if another tackle (Montravious Adams) fell into their laps, the Trojans would be more than happy to take him.
Vanderdoes had more than two dozen scholarship offers from some of the best football programs in the nation, including Alabama, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma.
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