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Eddie Vanderdoes Decommits: Where Do The Irish Stand?

Eddie Vanderdoes, a Defensive Tackle from California, decommitted from USC on Thursday. Vanderdoes committed to USC on July 12th of this year. After taking an official visit to UCLA and considering several others, he made the decision to reopen his recruitment.

Vanderdoes is a rare Defensive Line recruit. At 6’3″ 302 lbs, he is the closest thing to Louis Nix III in high school. ranks him 32nd nationally. When Nix exits Notre Dame after next season, the Irish will need someone to replace him. Vanderdoes could be the player who fills that void.

Vanderdoes will decide from Washington, Cal, Notre Dame and USC. It is unclear what the timetable is for his decision. But, it is likely that he will wait until the final days of the recruiting cycle. Vanderdoes has an official visit scheduled to USC for January 18, 2013.

Where does Notre Dame stand in the recruiting mix for Vanderdoes? Notre Dame will receive a visit from Vanderdoes on January 25, 2013. Notre Dame is the lone team outside of the Pac12. As always, Notre Dame offers a great educational program and an opportunity to compete for National Titles. But, distance appears to be a factor. Notre Dame will have the last word in his recruitment because he is visiting South Bend last.

Defensive Linemen are the difference in winning and losing. The New York Giants have proved that elite Defensive Linemen can beat the best Offensive players every time. This year, Notre Dame has been successful because Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix and Kapron Lewis-Moore. If the Fighting Irish want to continue their success, they need to continue to land elite Linemen. Vanderdoes is definitely elite.

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