In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arroyo Grande (CA…
Arkansas Amazes Vanderveen
By Monday afternoon, you could color the 6-foot-5, 195-pound signal caller impressed.
"I am impressed with all the facilities and it's just amazing," Vanderveen said. "All the coaches are great people."
Vanderveen was one of several quarterbacks that were working out Monday at the Razorback football camp under the watchful eyes of head coach Bobby Petrino and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee.
"I have had fun today," Vanderveen said. "They told me to read and keep my eyes downfield and keep working on my footwork."
He has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Arkansas State and interest from a host of other schools such as California, UCLA, USC and Washington.
Vanderveen, who passed for 1,402 yards and and rushed for 581 while accounting for 18 touchdowns, admits getting an offer from the SEC – which has produced the last five national champions – is a big deal.
But Vanderveen – who was the JV quarterback as a sophomore and has started just the last eight games of his high school career - also admitted he didn't expect Arkansas to have the facilities it does.
"It was way past my expectations," Vanderveen said. "That weight room is incredible and so is the stadium."
He is visiting Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oregon State all this week and possibly taking a trip to UCLA before likely making a decision.
"I am going into this with an open mind and not leaning towards anywhere," Vanderveen said. "I am just checking it all out and then getting back and talking about it and then most likely having my decision."
In a recent story on the Oklahoma state Scout.com site, Vanderveen was quoted as saying the that school was his leader.
"They (the Cowboys) have shown a lot of attention to me," Vanderveen said. "But that was before the trip here and these guys (the Razorbacks) have been great."
Vanderveen, also an outstanding baseball player, has tried to keep his arm in shape even while being on the diamond.
"During baseball season, I would throw (the football) before baseball practice with the team, but now it is all football," Vanderveen said.
Vanderveen split time early last season with Arroyo Grande multi-position standout Seth Jacobs , who visited Arkansas earlier this month.
He took over the job full-time the last eight games of the season and has seen his recruiting take off because of his play during that time and his highlight tape.
"It's crazy, but I am just trying to stay calm and do what I do – throw the ball," Vanderveen said.
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