February 6, 2013 // Recruiting

Notre Dame Recruiting 2013 – The Defensive Recruits

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Eddie Vanderdoes – DT – 6’3″, 285 lbs (Auburn, CA)

Ratings/Rankings:

  • ESPN: 5-star, #1 DT, #10 overall
  • Rivals: 5-star, #2 DT, #21 overall
  • 24/7: 5-star, #1 DT, #6 overall

Competition: Alabama, USC, UCLA, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma

Analysis: Notre Dame picked up a huge piece to its recruiting puzzle on Wednesday night when Eddie Vanderdoes faxed in his LOI to Notre Dame as the 24th and final member of this year’s recruiting class.  Earlier in the day Notre Dame inadvertently listed Vanderdoes as a signee on their official release before Vanderdoes announced his decision, but by day’s end, it was official that Notre Dame was adding a 5-star defensive tackle to this year’s class.

Only Rivals from the major recruiting services has Vanderdoes not ranked as the top DT in the country and even there he is still listed at #2 making it very clear that all of the services agree that this is a very, very talented recruit.  Every major program in the country wanted Vanderdoes but it came down to USC, UCLA, and Alabama on Signing Day.  Once a commitment to USC, Vanderdoes picked the Irish in the evening hours east coast time to cap off the best recruiting class Notre Dame has signed in many years.

Vanderdoes will likely see the field early because of his size, strength, and immense talent just as Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch did two seasons ago as true freshmen along the defensive line.  Look for big Louis Nix to take Vanderdoes under his wing once he arrives on campus.  The two hit it off throughout the recruiting process and Vanderdoes will be groomed to eventually replace Irish Chocolate when he leaves for the NFL either after this season or next.

Notre Dame needed a DT of Vanderdoes’s caliber for this to truly be an elite class and to really start to close the gap between them and the elite SEC programs like Alabama.  Well, they got their man at DT and will now have a ton of momentum as the recruiting cycle for the class of 2014 starts to heat up.

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Comments to this Article

  • TJ commented on February 9th, 2013 at 3:26 am

    This is a GREAT class! If ND can string together a few more classes like this, we will be looking real good! GO IRISH!!!

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  • Todd Swisher commented on February 9th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Agreed. Kelly has brought in 3 very good classes with this latest one definitely the strongest. It’s been a while but we are finally seeing the type of talent and depth that will enable Notre Dame to compete on the highest level. They are a legitimate top-10 program – where they belong. Go Irish!

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