The 2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish recruiting class might go down as the class that keeps getting better. The Irish got a lot better with the announcement that five star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is going to Notre Dame.
Vanderdoes was dominant during his senior year at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif. His highlights include 72 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Vanderdoes was not a one year wonder, posting strong numbers during his junior season that included 65 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
His accolades are equally impressive as his stats and some include being named first-team defensive lieneman on Sacramento Bee All Metro team, MVP for defensive lineman at The Opening elite combine and being chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Vanderdoes will fit in great with an outstanding Notre Dame front seven. The best defense in the country will boast a number of starters that include Louis Nix III, Dan Fox, Carlo Calabrese and Stephon Tuitt.
Vanderdoes is the icing on the cake for an already outstanding Notre Dame recruiting class that pairs with with other standouts linebacker Jaylon Smith, running backs Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and defensive back Max Redfield, just to name a few of Notre Dame’s future stars.
Before the Vanderdoes announcement, Kelly spoke about the importance of having a strong recruiting class and that the players selected by Notre Dame are great kids and a perfect fit for what Notre Dame stands for and what the program is building.
Kelly also spoke about how this class is the first in a while that was a complete recruiting class, including both offensive and defensive lineman, running backs, defensive backs and linebackers. The ability to recruit a complete class will allow Notre Dame to continue to build and win on the field and give some depth to positions where the Irish were thin in years past.