Back in early February, five-star defensive tackle recruit Eddie Vanderdoes chose to play his college football at Notre Dame over UCLA and USC. It was a huge get for the Irish, considering Vanderdoes is a native Californian and had two other viable options if he wanted to play close to home. But it appears it may have been a situation too good to be true.
Multiple reporters indicated last night that Vanderdoes may not actually wind up playing a single down for the Irish – though that’s about the only thing they agree on. According to SB Nation, Lou Somogyi of 247Sports says he has an academic issue. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee, however, exchanged text messages with Vanderdoes’ father, who said it doesn’t have to do with schoolwork.
Others are speculating that he does, in fact, want to play closer to his hometown. But regardless of the reason, Vanderdoes decommitting isn’t all that simple.
Vanderdoes signed a binding contract with Notre Dame. Would need ND to release him if he wanted to head elsewhere – like UCLA. Tracking
— Joe Davidson (@SacBee_JoeD) May 21, 2013
Because Vanderdoes signed a letter of intent to play for the school, Notre Dame would actually have to release him to allow him to play for another program. And even then, the Irish might have the option to block certain schools – like USC, or Alabama.
Again, nothing is set in stone, but it’s looking more and more likely that Vanderdoes’ time in South Bend may be up before it even started.