Have the floodgates opened?
Yesterday I talked about the possible exodus of recruits from Southern Cal’s monstrosity of a recruiting class, with Nico Falah and Eddie Vanderdoes being the prime targets for de-committing.
Well, go ahead and consider Vanderdoes available once more since he opened up his recruitment again last night.
Vanderdoes, a 6’3” 300lb beast of a defensive tackle, had been committed to the Trojans since early July (ironically the same day Falah committed). Rumors have been rampant over the last several weeks about Vanderdoes beginning to lean more towards the other college football team in the city of Los Angeles- the UCLA Bruins.
Vanderdoes didn’t go as far last night as to pick another school or even give a hint as to who’s in the lead. What we do know is this: SC, UCLA, the Washington Huskies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are his four finalists. He’ll be visiting the Irish January 12th, and then visiting the Trojans between then and National Signing Day.
Most are speculating that Vanderdoes won’t be making another decision on his commitment status until Signing Day.
So why did the big guy change his mind? Vanderdoes seems to have felt that he just wasn’t quite 100% committed to the Trojans, thus, didn’t feel it was right to technically be committed to them. Very mature for a kid.
Regardless of where the star defensive lineman from Placer, California goes, the Trojans must be getting a little nervous.
It’s hard to keep a recruiting class together for a full year. In fact, it’s nearly impossible- if for nothing else, the kids today are too fickle. But the season that the Trojans endured this year (7-5 after starting the season ranked #1) was eventually going to catch up to them on the recruiting trail. The coaching change ups (Monte Kiffin being forced out) also never help out during recruiting.
But SC is still SC, and lest I forget, they’re a powerhouse program.
Could the de-commitment of Vanderdoes (and potentially Falah) potentially expose some cracks in the foundation of this recruiting juggernaut?
Certainly something to keep an eye on.