Eddie Vanderdoes Makes It Official: Off to UCLA

VanderdoesWell, we’ve been awaiting this moment for a while. The writing was on the wall, but the messy issue of Eddie still being bound to his National Letter of Intent (NLI) made his desire to decommit a bit more complicated.

Per twitter though, the drama is now over:

So much for all the previous  mud slinging. ND was “gracious”; however, I do find it interesting that the language is that Vanderdoes was released from the “recruiting ban” yet not the NLI as Davidson said that release wasn’t yet “official”. I’m assuming this means that it is only a matter of time before said release goes through at this point. Edit: As mentioned below, ND has not released Eddie from his NLI, but just the recruiting ban. This means Eddie loses a year of eligibility (different than a sit-out year/redshirt for a transfer) and now has only 4 years to play 3 instead of the usual 5 years to play 4.

What is still unknown right now is the “personal reason” and what “change of circumstances” occurred that made Eddie wish to remain close to his family. The entire Vanderdoes family is still mum on the issue and there was no indication that will change anytime soon.

There are still many questions to be answer, but for now, the biggest one has been.

Farewell, Eddie, we hardly knew ya.

Edit and Clarification

From Joe Schad of all people (shocked, truly):

Edit#2: Notre Dame’s Official Statement

“Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame. 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.”

Via (and more officially via)

 

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    Uber-ambitious Jim Mora’s fingerprints are all over the Vanderdoes defection. Vanderdoes’s personal trainer is Jon Osterhout, who played previously for Angus McClure. The same Angus McClure, who is presently the defensive line coach at UCLA, and who was/is the primary recruiter for Eddie Vanderdoes. The NCAA should get Mora in their crosshairs on this one. Tampering with a signed recruit is no small offense. Will it happen? Probably not. Urban Meyer poached Irish recruits all the time. At least he didn’t go after recruits after the LOI. New ground has been broken and Mora should pay big-time for this.

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