Top 5 Targets Update: January 16, 2013

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Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly reacts during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: These are the current Top 5 Targets for Notre Dame Recruiting in the opinion of Slap the Sign and its writers. The Top 5 Targets are determined on a basis of how well Notre Dame likes a certain recruit and how well they like Notre Dame. This list is updated weekly with the odds (Very likely, Likely, In Between, Unlikely and Very Unlikely) of whether or not the recruit will choose Notre Dame.

As Notre Dame closes in on National Signing Day, they will host their last few Official Visit weekends. On January 25th, the Irish will host 5 prospects on campus. These prospects represent Notre Dame’s best opportunity to land commitments down the stretch. Therefore, they are this week’s Top 5 Targets.

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Placer 

Vanderdoes recently reopened his recruitment before the US Army All-American Bowl and will visit to Notre Dame on January 25th. Vanderdoes will decide between USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and Alabama. Vanderdoes visited UCLA on November 24th. He also has a visit scheduled for USC on January 18th and another for Alabama on February 2nd. Vanderdoes could eventually replace Louis Nix at Nose Guard but he could play anywhere along the line. For gurus, Vanderdoes is a 3 or 5 technique in Notre Dame’s defense. USC is imploding right now. UCLA is on the rise. Notre Dame played for the National Title. Alabama is late but has won 3 national titles in 4 years. Washington is sort of an outlier. If he has a great visit to South Bend, it could swing Vanderdoes in favor of the Irish.

Odds: In Between (Last Week: Unlikely)

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