Eddie Vanderdoes shuns USC, picks Notre Dame
It was a busy National Signing Day Wednesday for local recruits, but non drew more attention in the Sacramento area than Placer High School Hillmen Eddie Vanderdoes.
The 6'-4" 305 lb. defensive tackle, and highly touted top-10 prospect kept a short list of five colleges on the edge of their seats for the past few weeks. Ultimately after much consideration, it was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame that landed one of the countries top picks.
Early on it looked like a lock for USC. Vanderdoes committed to the Trojans back in July, but just weeks before signing day he pulled back and explored his options. He visited both USC and Notre Dame in late January and Alabama the first week of February. UCLA and Washington rounded out the top-five.
A large community crowd, along with news and other media, gathered at the high school auditorium to listen to Vanderdoes pay his respects to all those that have supported him while he hashed over his decision.
In the end it was the navy and gold hat that he reached for, to much the delight of many, and possibly the despair for others who looked on.
Vanderdoes displays his new colors and letter of intent to attend Notre Dame this fall.
Danny Humphries shows his support of Eddie and the Irish.
Keywords: Alabama, Auburn CA, College Football, Defensive Tackle, Eddie Vanderdoes, Fighting Irish, High School Sports, MaxPreps, National Signing Day, Notre Dame, Placer High School Hillmen, Sharp-Eye Images, SportStars Magazine, UCLA, USC, Washington
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