In the last hours of National Signing Day, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame received wonderful news. According to ESPN.com’s RecruitingNation, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was the #1 DT in the entire 2013 class. The Auburn, California native selected Notre Dame over schools such as Washington, defending National Champion Alabama and heavy favorite and local powerhouse USC.
Vanderdoes put the cap on a tremendous recruiting class for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. The defensive line is the featured group heading into this season. With NFL prospects such as Louis Nix III (or “Irish Chocolate” as he prefers) and all-world defensive end Stephon Tuitt, the addition of Vanderdoes could be flat-out scary for every Notre Dame opponent on the 2013 schedule and beyond.
What if Eddie Vanderdoes transfers?
Recently, some issues about Vanderdoes have been brought to the spotlight and have ranged from character concerns to an academic issue. His father (also named Eddie) has been quoted as saying, “One thing I can tell you is grades or eligibility is not and has never been an issue.”
Vanderdoes’ coaches have raved to the media about his outstanding character and work ethic. Placer High School head coach Juan Montoya said recently, “Absolutely he’s gold. He is a selfless teammate and is highly dependable. I love that kid.”
Prognosis: Vanderdoes’ commitment was a last minute event on Signing Day. Every school made a huge push for this kid. Being from California, obviously schools out on the coast like UW and SC threw the kitchen sink to get this 5-star caliber kid. I think he’ll stay with the Irish and enroll in the fall on time. This doesn’t seem like an Aaron Lynch issue about character or anything. Fingers crossed, but a good chance he stays with ND.