Five-star defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes of the Class of 2013 has opened up his recruitment by decommitting from Lane Kiffin’s USC Trojans.
The announcement came Thursday evening, but Vanderdoes’s father tells Reign of Troy that his son informed the USC coaching staff three weeks ago of his decision. He had been committed to USC since July 11, and was one of the anchors of the 2013 recruiting class.
Vanderdoes had taken official visits to Washington and UCLA but remained firm in his commitment, so much so that he even tweeted his loyalty to USC after the resignation of Monte Kiffin.
Prior to his de-commitment, Vanderdoes had official visits planned for Notre Dame and USC and he still intends to take both of them in January.
He is still heavily considering USC, though he no longer wants to be considered a commit.
A variety of factors could have influenced Vanderdoes’ decision to open up his recruitment, such as a perceived lack of playing opportunity with USC. The Trojans already have defensive end Kylie Fitts signed for 2013, and have three more defensive linemen waiting to do the same in February.
In addition to them USC has aggressively been pursuing five-star Texas Commit A’Shawn Robinson, another linemen to potentially throw into the mix.
Not only that, but Vanderdoes also really enjoyed his visit to UCLA, and there could be more opportunities for him to play early there.
Along with USC, Vanderdoes says he has an equal interest in Washington, Notre Dame and UCLA.