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Three trips planned for Vanderdoes

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Eddie Vanderdoes is sure of three official visits but the four-star defensive end from Placer, Calif., has not set dates yet.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound standout said he will visit Penn State, Nebraska and Oregon but is not sure yet when he will get to those campuses. His two other official visits will probably be worked out later in his senior season.
"These three I've had planned for a while, probably the last two months, but I didn't want to say anything in case anything changed," Vanderdoes said.
At Penn State, Vanderdoes has a strong relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson and that could play a big factor in his recruitment.
"I really like the opportunity I'd have at Penn State with the coaches," Vanderdoes said. "The scheme looks good. Coach Johnson is a great guy and he has a great plan for me and I'd have the opportunity to be very successful there. I could come in and compete for some early playing time there.
"He came and visited me, talked to my coaches, went down and talked to my dad and he's just a great guy."
Nebraska is intriguing because the Huskers would want Vanderdoes to play some defensive tackle along with defensive end and he likes the coaches there. Oregon has outstanding facilities and the Placer standout has a good bond with defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro.
Both programs are definitely standing out for Vanderdoes, rated third at strong-side defensive end and No. 21 overall in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.
"I like the opportunity at Nebraska, too," Vanderdoes said. "The defensive scheme for me is perfect. One week I can be a defensive tackle for a certain team and then I could be a defensive end so I can bounce around and move a lot. Playing in the Big Ten is a great opportunity and I like the d-line coach and the defensive coordinator.
"At Oregon, that was one of my official visits for a while. When I went out there I really liked it. It's a great opportunity. I like coach Azzinaro and I like the whole staff. The facility is really nice, I like the kids who play up there and I like the opportunity there."
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