As we come upon the big event that is National Signing Day, many of the top players in the country are using these last two weekends to take official visits.
Needless to say, these last two weeks are of paramount importance to nearly every school in the country.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish especially have an important weekend starting today. With two spots left to fill in their class of 2013, the Irish will be hosting four players this weekend; Eddie Vanderdoes (defensive tackle), Kylie Fitts (defensive end), Deon Hollins Jr. (outside linebacker) and Durham Smythe (tight end).
Vanderdoes is the biggest name of the group. Hailing from Placer, California, Vanderdoes was a long time Southern Cal Trojans commit, but had a change of heart not long ago. There’s still a very good chance the 6’3” 310lb tackle will go back on his pledge to SC, but the Irish coaches will be doing everything in their power this weekend to convince him that South Bend is where he needs to be.
Fitts is also a one-time SC commit, although his change of heart differs slightly from Vanderdoes. Fitts was days away from enrolling early at SC when the Trojan coaches told him they didn’t want him until summer time, due to roster numbers. Fitts felt misled by ‘Lame Duck’ Lane Kiffin and co., and decided to look for another school entirely.
Hollins is currently committed to the UCLA Bruins, but would be a tremendous fit in the Irish 3-4 defense. The star linebacker from Missouri City (TX) is especially known for his pass rushing skills, and he’s an ideal fit on the edge. Hollins might be toughest of the four to land.
The last is Smythe, who is probably the most likely to commit this weekend. Smythe, 6’6” 230lbs, fits the classic mold of Irish tight ends, who’re typically complete tight ends, not just good receivers. Smythe grew up a fan of the Irish, and will be choosing between ND, the Stanford Cardinal and Michigan Wolverines.
There’s very little chance that both open spots of the Irish’s class will be filled by Monday morning, but there’s a good chance one will be. Vanderdoes is the guy the Irish really want. He can play anywhere along the defensive line in a 3-4 scheme, and can instantly provide depth and pass rushing capabilities.
Will the Irish get their guys? Come back to me Monday, and we’ll chat more about it!