Michigan put an offer out to 2013 defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) on Tuesday.
"I have a lot of interest," Vanderdoes said of the Wolverines. "I mean, it's Michigan. They have a lot of history. It's a great program."
Vanderdoes said he spoke with special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno on Monday and that the coach had asked for him to call back on Tuesday so he could have a chance to speak with the whole staff. It was on that call that the Wolverines' staff offered him.
"I've been eyeing Michigan," Vanderdoes said. "I like the tradition they have. I like the way they run their defense and they just came off a really good year. So it's definitely a program I like."
Vanderdoes, a California native, has mainly racked up offers from schools on the West Coast, including Oregon State, UCLA and California. But the junior said that distance doesn’t matter and that he wouldn’t mind traveling if the school were the right fit.
His main focus is the atmosphere of the campus. Vanderdoes wants to get a feel for where he would be living during the next four years. He also pointed to coaching staff, current players and academics as the main points in his recruiting process.
While Vanderdoes hasn't visited Ann Arbor, he did say he had heard good things about the campus and that he's impressed with the academics, the coaching staff and the players.
The coaching staff told him it was impressed with his motor, his ability to get to the ball and his technique, noting it was advanced for a high school player.
Vanderdoes, who grew up an Oregon fan, is visiting Cal for its junior day this weekend and doesn't have any other set plans until the Nike SPARQ Long Beach combine on March 31. He will also be attending a Nike Football Training Camp.
He said he's just enjoying the recruiting process and he's excited to hear from more schools and that for the moment he's just "observing, sitting back for the recruiting process."