Bud Elliott (SB Nation)
USC loses arguably the nation's top defensive tackle recruit
Eddie Vanderdoes, a defensive tackle recruit out of California, has decommitted from the USC Trojans. Vanderdoes stars for Placer (Calif.) High School. He is a consensus five-star recruit.
He spoke with Scout's Greg Biggins about his decision ($):
"Like I said before, USC did nothing wrong, this isn't about them. UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame came in for home visits and gave me a lot to think about. I had a great official trip to UCLA and to Washington and I feel I owe it to myself to take a step back and make sure I'm doing the right thing. I'm going to visit Notre Dame but still need to set the date and then I plan to announce my final decision on Signing Day."
Vanderdoes has not eliminated USC and some would even consider the Trojans the favorite to land the big tackle. And for their part, USC will not be giving up.
RT @smontoyamp: USC DL coach told Eddie Vanderdoes' HS coach that he will be on campus every week until he's not allowed to.— Trenise Ferreira✌ (@TreniseF_RoT) December 28, 2012
USC's recruiting class now sits at 16 players.