Top 5 Targets Update: January 21, 2013

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Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; ESPN analyst Lou Holtz on set after the game with the Alabama Crimson Tide playing gainst the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-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. Over the next two weekends, the Irish will host five young men who represent their best chance at landing a commitment at the end of this year’s recruiting cycle. Here are the Top 5 Targets for this week (the italicized portions are additions to this week):

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. At this point, with his recruitment up in the air, Vanderdoes actually seems likely to end up at Notre Dame more than any other school on his list. He can play early and often at Notre Dame. The system fits him well. This is not a slam dunk. But it could be a layup. 

Odds: Likely (Last Week: In Between)

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