UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. and his coaching staff received some welcoming news late Tuesday night as incoming freshman defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes has been ruled eligible by the NCAA to suit up for the Bruins this season, according to multiple sources.
The five-star prospect and No. 1 overall defensive tackle for the 2013 class had a whirlwind recruitment that intensified in February. The California native signed with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on signing day, but decided soon after that he wanted to attend UCLA instead to be closer to his family.
In response to Vanderdoes’ attempt to void his National Letter of Intent, Notre Dame denied his request to transfer schools which resulted in Vanderdoes appealing the Fighting Irish’s decision.
According to NCAA rules, if a player violates the letter of intent, then he/she has to sit out a year and lose that season of eligibility. It was thought, until late Tuesday night, that Vanderdoes would only have three seasons of eligibility to use as a Bruin, but his clearing by the NCAA allows him to now have all four years available.
At 6-4, 305 pounds, Vanderdoes will provide an immediate impact on the Bruins defensive front and defensive success as an entire unit. There is much to like about his ability to play in the trenches whether it is strictly as a defensive tackle or as a defensive end in particular packages. He has great size to go along with excellent athleticism and a powerful punch to counter with a quick first step off the ball to give any center or guard problems.
Vanderdoes will now join the other 26 recruits who made up the No. 7 overall class in the nation a year ago for UCLA and look to continue to build off last year’s nine win season and PAC-12 championship game berth.