Eddie Vanderdoes is headed to UCLA after all.
The defensive lineman, who signed a Letter of Intent with Notre Dame this past February, made it official Tuesday morning that he will play for the Bruins and not the Fighting Irish, putting an end to speculation about his future after he decided that he did not want to head to South Bend.
As Joe Davidson of The Sacramento Bee details, the five-star recruit thanked Notre Dame in a statement for being “gracious” and for allowing him to pursue his career in Westwood. Vanderdoes surprised a lot of recruiting analysts when he chose the Irish on National Signing Day. The former USC commit, who was one of the best defensive tackles in the Class of 2013, chose ND over UCLA.
The 6-3, 310-pounder from Auburn, CA, will now get to play for Jim L. Mora and the Bruins and stay in-state, and his desire to remain close to family is apparently one of the major reasons why he wants to attend the Pac-12 school.
With Notre Dame not formally allowing Vanderdoes a release from his National Letter of Intent, ESPN's Joe Schad noted on Twitter that Vanderdoes will give up a year of playing eligibility, meaning he can only play three seasons in the next four years. He can be on scholarship at UCLA this season and practice, but he won't play until 2014.
Obviously Vanderdoes felt that the one-year penalty was worth remaining in-state and attending UCLA.