Vanderdoes, a Placer, CA native had been committed to the Trojans for months before he de-committed surprisingly in December. He then added UCLA, Washington, Notre Dame and Alabama to the mix, and raved about each program respectively.
It was hard to gauge whether he would return to USC, as he stopped talking to the media in the month leading up to National Signing Day. Come Wednesday, surrounded by family and friends at his high school in Northern California, he decided that South Bend was the right fit.
The loss of Vanderdoes is by far one of the biggest blows USC’s Class of 2013 suffered.
The six-foot-three, 310-pound five-star defensive tackle would be a big addition to the Trojan defensive line, both for his behemoth size and versatility. He has a very promising future as a defensive tackle, and having to play against him is going to make USC’s coaches’s stomachs churns.
Vanderdoes is the the last athlete USC had on the board for 2013, and with his absence, the Trojans new class of signees stands at 13 players, including early enrollees and Darreus Rogers.
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