When Eddie Vanderdoes signed his letter of intent to play for Notre Dame in February, he became the cherry on top of one of the nation's best recruiting classes. But that commitment is wavering, according to a cacophony of online speculation Monday night.
According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, eligibility isn't behind whatever wavering may exist from Vanderdoes, a native of Auburn, Calif. Reading the tea leaves of his father's comments to the paper, it does sound as if the five-star defensive tackle is re-thinking his commitment, although a final decision has yet to be made.
The report in the Bee offers some juicy speculation, though. Notre Dame bungled Vanderdoes' commitment on signing day when it released a packet of information on recruits who faxed in their LOIs that morning, and it included Vanderdoes -- even though his announcement ceremony didn't happen until that evening. The Vanderdoes family worked to prevent leaks, although Notre Dame's gaffe didn't prevent him from signing later in the day. The Bee's Joe Davidson tweeted Tuesday morning that it's not a "petty" issue that's making Vanderdoes re-think his decision.
If Vanderdoes indeed does want a release from his LOI, Notre Dame would have to grant it before his recruiting could re-open.
Losing Vanderdoes would be a blow to Notre Dame's future, as he appeared to be the heir apparent to Louis Nix at defensive tackle. For 2013, Vanderdoes could've worked his way into Notre Dame's rotation behind Nix, but if he doesn't come to South Bend the impact will be felt in 2014 and beyond.