"I had a great time at Washington, it really exceeded my expectations," Vanderdoes said. "It's not that I expected to have a bad time or anything but I really loved it there and learned a lot about the school and the football program. I got there Friday night around 7:30, just in time for dinner so it was good timing on my part.
"I ate with the coaches and then went out with the guys on the team. I hung out with Shaq Thompson, Erik Kohler and a lot of the recruits, Troy Williams, Brayden Kearsley, they're all a great group of guys. The committed guys and players on the team were giving me a pretty hard sell on Washington all weekend but it was all good. There was no real pressure and the coaches just sat back and let me hang out with the players as well, they didn't try and pressure me or anything and that was cool."
Vanderdoes spent the rest of the weekend seeing the city of Seattle, doing the campus tour and spending a lot of the time with the coaching staff. On Sunday when the rest of the players left, the elite lineman spent a lot of one on one time with Husky DL coach Tosh Lupoi and got a good idea of how he would fit in with the Husky defense.
"It would be a perfect for me," Vanderdoes said. "Tosh said I would play some three tech, some five tech, basically move all over the line and I know it's not just lip service because I know how he has used other defensive lineman in the past. I'm the same size as Cameron Jordan and Tyson Alualu who he coached at Cal and both were high draft choices. That's how he used them so I know he's not just telling me what he thinks I want to hear.
"Washington only has six defensive lineman returning next season and I would have a great chance to come in and make an immediate impact. Washington has a lot of young talent on the roster and a great recruiting class coming in. They have a great coaching staff as well and with everything they have going on, I could see them as a top five program in just a few years."
Overall, Vanderdoes said the Huskies made a great impression and he definitely plans to consider them all the way to the end.
"I can definitely see myself fitting in very well at Washington," Vanderdoes said. "The energy of the coaches was another plus and just how comfortable I felt with everyone. I also love the academic support and like I said, the opportunity to come in to the program and not just play but compete for a starting spot are all big plusses.
"I'm still committed to USC and I'll take my official visit there (Jan. 18). I'm also going to take a visit to Notre Dame but I don't have a date set there yet. I took an official visit to UCLA already and I liked it there a lot as well. I would like to take a 5th visit too but I'm not sure where just yet. There's a few schools I'm considering but I haven't decided yet so we'll just play it out and see how everything goes."