USC assistant coach Clay Helton gave Eddie Vanderdoes some positive feedback after his visit to his high school and even better news came Friday when the Trojans offered the four-star defensive end from Placer, Calif.
"After coach Helton visited me at Placer he told me he was going to do everything in his power to get me an offer," Vanderdoes said. "He said he was going to show my film and talk about me after seeing me in the weight room.
"He hit me up on Facebook (on Friday) and he said he had really good news for me and that he talked to the staff and wanted me to give him a call. I gave him a call and he put me on the phone with (Lane) Kiffin and coach Kiffin offered me. I'm really excited."
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Vanderdoes, rated as the third-best strong-side defensive end and No. 21 in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, has already visited USC for its junior day but wants to return to get a better feel for campus and talk to the coaches more.
Getting an offer from the Trojans is huge and Vanderdoes wants to learn more about the program as his recruitment continues.
"It's really exciting," Vanderdoes said. "I'm glad I got the offer. I have to give them a look and a lot of consideration because it's an elite program and they put a lot of guys in the NFL so I'm excited about it.
"They're not going to try to get me to commit especially right now because I waited a lot longer. They said now that they've offered they're going to come after me really hard and give everything they have to recruit me. They're going to try to convince me that it's the place for me.
"I want to get back down there. I want to see more. I didn't see a whole bunch on the junior day. I got to see a little bit but I'd love to get down there for a lot more 1-on-1 time, check out the facilities and the academic center and meet with coach (Ed) Orgeron and coach Helton. I definitely want to get back down there again."
Vanderdoes, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound recruit, had planned to take his time with his recruitment and he said the USC offer probably won't change that.
He still wants to methodically move through the recruiting process and consider all options because the four-star does have more than 30 offers.
"I don't want to commit until I know I'm 100 percent committed," Vanderdoes said. "I don't want to go anywhere when I'm 80 percent committed. As of now it's going to be a lot later rather than sooner."