We all know the story about Eddie Vanderdoes, he was once a commit to USC, then officially committed to Notre Dame, and now he's going to UCLA. Now I know that it happens often that a player switches around before finding the right place, but the ride has been quite different for the 18 year old Vanderdoes.
Eddie is a monster defensive tackle who weighs in at 310lbs and stands at 6-3, and he was the top player at his position in the nation and ranked tenth out of all players. He was one of the most sought after players in the country, just go and check out his profile on ESPN and you will see that basically every top program in the nation wanted him. When he verbally committed to USC, in early July, he was thought of as a for sure lock and he would never decommit, boy were we wrong. He was even a potential early entrance athlete, but those plans stopped when he decommited from the Trojans in early December. He stated that USC had done nothing wrong and that they were still highly considered, but Notre Dame was on a hot streak both playing and recruiting and he had a visit coming up. Finally on National Signing Day he broke the hearts of Trojans everywhere by signing with rival Notre dame
The addition of Eddie Vanderdoes gave Notre Dame arguably one of the best recruiting classes in 2013. We can all see why Eddie chose Notre Dame despite losing a National Championship. Notre Dame had a lot coming back on defense despite the loss of Manti Te'o and a strong defensive team would obviously be more appealing than lackluster performance the USC defense had. Notre Dame also appeared to be a rising program after remarkably making it to the National Championship (I'll never know how that happened....) and USC was coming off the biggest let down in college football history. Happy Ending right? Wrong. Earlier this month it was reported the Vanderdoes was second guessing his decision on Notre Dame, and it was reported earlier this week he would no longer attend Notre Dame and will attend UCLA this fall. Notre Dame refused to release Vanderdoes from his letter of intent so he can not play football this fall. He will be able to practice with the team and take classes at the school but he can't officially play. With Notre Dame refusing to release the letter of intent Vanderdoes loses this year of eligibility and it will be as if he played this fall.
The wild ride for Eddie Vanderdoes seems to be finally over unless he changes his mind yet again. I would call this a betrayal to USC fans since he left us to be BOTH an Irish and a Bruin but he obviously doesn't deserve to be one of us.How can you possibly once call your self a USC Trojan only to eventually join Notre Dame and UCLA? Seriously! Eddie Vanderdoes has huge potential and UCLA got a big pick up with him and I wish him luck for the future, but he will never hear cheers from USC fans.