Commitment Date: 2/6/2013
Vanderdoes represents the final piece in one of the best Defensive classes in recent memory. As a 5-star recruit along the Defensive Line, he gives Notre Dame a “5-star Prospect” at every level in the defense. Vanderdoes can contribute early and often. He has the ability to play inside and outside. Vanderdoes was a U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant. He demonstrated in that game why teams were falling all over themselves to sign the Defensive Linemen from Auburn, California. Vanderdoes probably will not start immediately but he will play from Day 1.
From the Slap the Sign Evaluation:
At 6’3’’ 310 pounds the man is very hard to move. As the 2nd ranked defensive tackle and the 21st best player in the nation he has a lot of hype to him. There are many defensive tackles that just clog up the middle, but are no real threat as a pass rusher or making plays after getting off blocks. Vanderdoes isn’t the typical defensive tackle, but one that has the skills to make plays when he needs to and hold the offensive linemen off of the linebackers. Most of last year Nix commanded a double team which would leave a linebacker free. Vanderdoes will be the same way, and when sometimes the double teams won’t even work. This guy would give Notre Dame’s recruiting class the boost to number one in the nation, but also one of the best classes in a long time. The Army All-American game is when he showed the nation what he is really about and that is domination. Only 8 days until we find out where Vanderdoes will attend college and hopefully he will be wearing blue and gold coming this fall.