5-star Vanderdoes Talks Notre Dame

Eddie Vanderdoes

Placer High (Auburn, Calif.) five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes hosted a pair of Notre Dame coaches Wednesday, and afterward he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it, and where things sit with an official visit.

Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes hosted a pair of Notre Dame coaches Wednesday, and came out of it saying he will make an official visit to campus rather than heading to LSU for one.

However, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Placer High (Auburn, Calif.) standout isn't sure when he will make the trip, and added his commitment to USC remains intact.

"I have no date right now at all," Vanderdoes said. "I'm still committed (to USC) but I'm keeping my options open."

One of those options is now Notre Dame, and Vanderdoes said the Irish's success on the field opened his eyes to the football possibilities at the school. He already knew about the academic prestige.

"Notre Dame is a historic program." Vanderdoes said. "I liked the coaches a lot when they came to visit. Looking at the scenario, and looking at the future, it's a win-win marriage. The degree is so powerful, the graduation rate, the football program and the coaches are very loyal. It's just a win-win. I really want to get out there and see what it's all about."

The latest Notre Dame assistant coaches to stop by were defensive line coach Mike Elston and passing game coordinator Mike Denbrock, who recruits California.

"They're really cool," Vanderdoes said. "I really like them. I like coach Denbrock a lot. I talk to him a good amount. I've been talking to him a lot recently. He's a very laid back guy. He's very easy to talk to. He's easy to be comfortable around."

Getting to know Elston is important to Vanderdoes, and it went well during the visit.

That was the first time I talked to him in a little while," Vanderdoes said. "He's a great guy also. I really like him. I like his philosophy as a defensive coach."

Vanderdoes already visited UCLA (Nov. 24), and was slated to visit California this weekend. He is also scheduled to visit USC the weekend of Jan. 18. One possibility for Vanderdoes visit to Notre Dame is Jan. 25.

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