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Four-star impressed by weekend trips

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Eddie Vanderdoes said he had a great trip to USC this past weekend but he doesn't consider himself having an offer since it wasn't exactly explicitly stated.
The Placer, Calif., defensive end will definitely keep the Trojans high on his list though, talk with assistant coaches Clay Helton and Ed Orgeron more and he could visit for spring practice.
"I'm not sure I have an offer," Vanderdoes said. "I'm not sure at all. I can't consider that I have an offer because I didn't hear it out of (Helton's) mouth.
"He really, really likes me, he wants me back up again and he wants me at spring practice and he's coming up to my spring practice. He sounds really excited about me, he said they watched film on me and really, really like how I play. I can't call it an offer because it wasn't clear."
The trip went well for Vanderdoes, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star defensive end who's rated No. 21 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com. He loved spending time with the coaches and was also impressed by the campus.
"I loved it up there," Helton said. "It's so nice. USC has such a nice campus and I really like the coaching staff.
"I finally got to meet coach Helton in person and coach Orgeron. They're really cool guys and easy to talk to. Coach (Orgeron) is a great guy and coach Helton is a really good guy who brings a lot of energy."
Vanderdoes also took an unofficial visit to UCLA when he was in Southern California and the Bruins definitely impressed him. The four-star spent time with defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Angus McClure and Vanderdoes was impressed with what UCLA could offer him.
"UCLA was fantastic," Vanderdoes said.
"Their campus was amazing. It's huge and they have everything you need on campus. The way coach Angus was talking they take really good care of you and it would be a good place to be the next four years. I really liked the feeling of being there."
This weekend, Vanderdoes, who finished with 59 tackles and eight sacks in his junior season, will visit Cal for its junior day. He has offers from Cal, Ole Miss, Nevada, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
"I'm really excited about that visit (to Cal)," Vanderdoes said. "I've seen the campus twice already but I haven't seen it in a couple months so it will be nice to get back out there."
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