The University of Southern California Trojans need to have a stellar recruiting class after their dismal 2012 season in which they finished the year 7-6 and lost their bowl game. The football program may have secured one top defensive tackle who could propel them in the right direction.
Five-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes out of Placer, Calif. has announced he will make his final decision between USC and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 5:00 p.m. PST on Feb. 6, also known as National Signing Day. Many believe it will be a close call between these two schools, especially since Vanderdoes checked out Notre Dame this past weekend and seemed to like what he saw.
However, the Trojans have the upper edge because they have the homefield advantage. The California native has been keen on going to a school in state so he can be close to his family. For this reason, the UCLA Bruins are another team that is certainly in contention, but simply does not have the star power to land what is arguably the top defensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class.
“Notre Dame made a strong push and Alabama is in it to a certain extent, but proximity to home will likely land him back at USC,” JC Shurburtt, National Recruiting Director for 247sports, said.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are into Vanderdoes, but it appears they will most likely be on the outside looking in. Notre Dame, who has the No. 3 ranked recruiting class, would love nothing more than to land Vanderdoes to help continue moving their program forward. USC is the school that desperately needs to sign him because they are falling behind in the recruiting process this year.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound beast of a man is one of the most dominant tackling machines in the 2013 class. In his senior year at Placer High School, he recorded 72 tackles and nine sacks as the team finished the season with an 11-1 record. He may not be the quickest defensive lineman or have the best hands but he is definitely the toughest, which is why several schools are interested in him. He is ranked No. 10 on ESPN’s top 150 and No. 21 on The Rival’s top 100 but like I hinted at before, no defensive tackle is listed higher.
It will be interesting to see who Vanderdoes ends up choosing because this has certainly been one of the more intriguing decisions that still needs to be made, especially since he had already decommitted from USC late last year. However, that does not mean his final decision still can’t make Lane Kiffin one happy head coach.