Irish lose prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes to UCLA
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 4, 2013 7:00PM
Updated: July 6, 2013 6:43AM
Prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes called an audible Tuesday, deciding to attend UCLA instead of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed the news in a statement released by the university.
The five-star defensive lineman signed a letter of intent with the Irish in February. He is ranked No. 2 nationally among defensive tackles and No. 21 overall for the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com. The Irish did not release him from his national letter of intent.
“We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program,” Kelly said in the statement, “but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home.
“We understand Eddie’s interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well.”
Speculation grew in recent weeks that the situation was changing for the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder from Auburn, Calif. The Sacramento Bee initially reported his decision.
He will have to sit out this season and will have four years to play three seasons.
“I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for lifting the recruiting ban and allowing me to sign an athletic scholarship with UCLA. Over the past four months, circumstances have changed for me and my family. For very personal reasons, I feel a strong need to remain close to home and be near those who are most important in my life,” Vanderdoes wrote in a text to the Sacramento Bee. “I am honored and humbled that Note Dame thought enough of me as a person and a football player to offer me a scholarship. They have been very gracious to recognize not only how difficult a decision this was, but also how important it was for me to be near my family at this time. I take my commitments seriously, but as circumstances changed, the most important commitment is the one made to family.”