Five-star defensive line prospect and USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes has been committed since to the Trojans since July, serving as one of a handful of anchors for the Class of 2013. Vanderdoes, as not discouraged by USC staff, began the visiting process last weekend with an official visit at UCLA, and the 6-foot-4 big man will now also take an official visit to Notre Dame.
Vanderdoes is planning to make an official visit to South Bend before the Irish take off for Miami for the BCS National Championship Game, set to be played on January 7th. Per NCAA rules, the holiday dead period for recruiting lasts from December 17th to January 3rd, and considering the Irish will likely head to South Beach sometime around New Year’s Day, the Vanderdoes visit will likely occur in the coming weeks.
Notre Dame made an in-home visit with Vanderdoes, in addition to Washington’s Justin Wilcox and Tosh Lupoi, and USC, who sent Clay Helton.
USC’s plan is for all of the fall enrollees to have their official visit on January 18th as one unit, with the early enrollees coming to campus next Friday, December 7th. Vanderdoes will join the rest of the class on January 18th as scheduled, and by that time will have already visited the Trojans’ two biggest rivals, giving USC what could be the last word.
When Monte Kiffin’s resignation was announced on Thursday night, Vanderdoes, among other commits, made it clear that it was Ed Orgeron and the 4-3 scheme that was more important to the psyche and strength of the commitments, not the employment of the elder Kiffin. With the Trojans looking for a new coordinator, the most critical aspect of doing so is maintaining Orgeron, would likely keep the 4-3 intact, in addition to the recruiting class.
Last month, Vanderdoes announced that he would be holding off on his visit to Washington until the season’s end, though a date for the visit to Seattle has yet to be set.