National Signing Day is exactly one week away. It’s getting down to crunch time, so what better time than now to start the guessing game as to where the nation’s best will wind up in a week’s time? Today I will look at top defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.
It’s been a somewhat interesting road to signing day, to say the least, for Vanderdoes. For the longest time Vanderdoes was committed to the USC Trojans and it seemed as if it was a pretty solid verbal–that is until just a couple days after Christmas, when Vanderdoes decided to open his recruiting back up. That decision came just a month after an official visit to the UCLA Bruins.
Since then, Vanderdoes has been taking a few official visits. On Jan. 17, the Trojans hosted Vanderdoes and on Jan. 25, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played host to the five-star recruit. That’s not all. Vanderdoes will take a very important trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. and make his final official visit to the Alabama Crimson Tide just days before signing day.
The fifth school to be in the running are the Washington Huskies, where Vanderdoes visited prior to his decommitment from the Trojans.
So that begs the question: just exactly where will Vanderdoes choose next Wednesday? Right away I don’t think the Huskies stand a chance, so I’m crossing them off my list. The Tide will make a very strong push this weekend for Vanderdoes, but I don’t think they are the top three.
With Vanderdoes coming off a visit to South Bend, Ind. and the Irish that went well, they are still in the running. But the Irish are almost all but done when it comes to scholarships and may not have room for Vanderdoes. With that said, that leaves the two Los Angeles schools that will be in the running for Vanderdoes, the Trojans and Bruins. It honestly could go either way. Vanderdoes was once committed to the Trojans and could very well go back that way or it could be he has had enough of the program and will choose the upstart Bruins.
In my honest opinion, I think Vanderdoes will ultimately go back to head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans. I think the reason he chose to open his recruitment back up was to test the waters once again, sort of like a free agent may do in the professional sports to see what offers will come his way.
It will be an exciting and I’m sure stressful last week for Vanderdoes. On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Central, he will put the major question to rest when he announces where he will play in the fall.