Top DT Eddie Vanderdoes Enjoys Visit at Alabama, Could Commit to Crimson Tide

By Patrick Schmidt
Kelly Lambert- USA TODAY Sports

Alabama is hosting the nation’s top defensive tackle prospect, Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Ca., Placer) this weekend, and the former USC commit and what I had thought to be a strong UCLA lean is looking like he’s loving it in the South.

Nick Saban doesn’t even have to bring out his “A” game anymore all he needs to do is show the recruits his national championship rings–he has four and three of the last four–and the recruits magically fall in love with him, Tuscaloosa and the program.

Vanderdoes is experiencing that southern hospitality for the first time and the California kid would give the Crimson Tide another five-star recruit in their recruiting class. Alabama is going to have the top recruiting class in the nation with or without Vanderdoes in my estimation, but adding the 6-3 310-pound defensive lineman would be a great fit in Saban and Kirby Smart’s defense.

I should have known better and only gave Alabama an outside shot earlier this week to nab a commitment from him and thought he would stick with one of the two schools in his home state, but never again will I doubt the persuasive powers of Saban.

Saying no to Saban is something that teenagers have a very hard time doing, and with signing day only four short days away, the visit to Alabama is going to be fresh in his mind and could convince the nation’s top defensive tackle to come 2,300 miles away from home.

With recruits changing their mind so frequently in the recruiting process, so can writers, so I’m decommitting form my initial thought that Vanderdoes would be a Bruin and now I am thinking he will be saying, “Roll Tide Roll” during national signing day Wednesday.

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