It’s been pretty obvious for weeks now that Eddie Vanderdoes wouldn’t be headed to Notre Dame despite signing a National Letter of Intent with the Irish on signing day in February.
The standoff apparently ended on Tuesday with Vanderdoes signing with UCLA, nullifying the letter he signed with the Irish. In a statement, Vanderdoes thanked Notre Dame allowing him to sign with UCLA. Notre Dame did left the recruiting ban on Vanderdoes, allowing him to contact UCLA, but the Irish didn't release him.
There was some initial confusion about whether the 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive lineman from Placer, Calif., would have to sit out the 2013 season or if the Irish would give him a complete release, allowing him to become immediately eligible with no restrictions. Notre Dame made it clear it will not give a free release to allow him to play in 2013.
“Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame,” head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement released by the University. “We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program, but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home.
“We understand Eddie’s interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well.”
For breaking his signed letter of intent, he'll have to sit out this year and then will have four years remaining to play three instead of the usual five years to play four, according to NCAA rules
The consensus five-star prospect was a long-time USC commit before reopening the process. He was strongly considering Alabama and UCLA and didn’t announce his decision until signing day.