A big reason why the SEC has dominated the college football landscape for the past decade is due to the stellar play on the defensive line. The talent and depth on the defensive line truly separates the SEC from the rest of the conferences in college football.
Those "freaks" from the SEC on the defensive line, like Jadeveon Clowney, Barkevious Mingo, Sharrif Floyd and Damontre Moore, terrorize opposing quarterbacks on a weekly basis.
Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer High School in Auburn, Calif. looks like a "freak" in the making.
Vanderdoes is a tremendous prospect. He combines brutish strength with amazing agility for a man weighing over 300 pounds. He's technically sound from a footwork and hand-placement standpoint, and has a motor that does not stop.
He's also versatile from the standpoint that he's fully capable of playing at both defensive tackle and defensive end. One of the most impressive attributes of Vanderdoes' game is his leverage. He's masterful at getting low and winning the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Vanderdoes was a former commit to Southern Cal and has since opened up his recruitment. He has already visited UCLA and Washington officially, and will take trips this month to Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Alabama.
Like Vanderdoes, UCLA's defensive line coach Angus McClure is also from the greater Sacramento area. He's forged a great relationship with Vanderdoes and his family. With a combination of academics and a comfortability with the staff, the Bruins look like a serious candidate for Vanderdoes' services.
Should Vanderdoes come to UCLA, he'll instantly impact the depth chart. While he most likely wouldn't start as a true freshman (the Bruins will start three seniors on the defensive line this upcoming season), he'll almost certainly be a big-time contributor once the trio of Cassius Marsh, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Seali'i Epenesa graduates.