The chase for five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Ca., Placer) and former USC commit is shaping up to be a four-team race between UCLA, Notre Dame and an outside shot given to Alabama, because he has not cancelled his visit to the Tide.
USC is still in the mix for the 6-3 310-pound lineman despite having decommitted weeks ago, but the Trojans are getting stiff competition from rival UCLA in the chase for Vanderdoes and was the first school to host him on an official visit when he visited in late November.
After a good visit at Notre Dame this past weekend, the Fighting Irish are making a late push for the interior lineman and the national champions are bringing him in the weekend for a visit, but their almost out of scholarships and may not have room for him in this class.
If I’m a betting man, I think this decision ultimately comes down to the two schools in his native California. USC head coach Lane Kiffin has seen a number of his recruits decommit already and will desperately need to hang onto Vanderdoes in what is a thin class as a result of scholarship reductions placed on the school.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora is closing strong as National Signing Day approaches, and would love to take one of Kiffin’s prized recruits to the other side of town and have Vanderdoes start in the interior of the defensive line next season against the Trojans.
I’d say it’s a coin flip right now between the two and whoever gives Vanderdoes the best pitch between now and the morning of Feb. 6 is going to get themselves a heck of a disruptive player in the middle of their defensive line.
I’m going to say Mora pulls it out and gets another win over USC, and Kiffin will face the heat for losing his crown jewel to the bitter rivals.
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