Eddie Vanderdoes to Notre Dame: Irish Land 5-Star DT Recruit

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 6, 2013

Photo courtesty of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesty of 247Sports.com

It wasn't an easy decision, but Eddie Vanderdoes has decided to play college football for Notre Dame.

Rivals.com reports the news that the highly coveted Vanderdoes will take his talents to the Fighting Irish:

The 5-star defensive tackle committed to USC all the way back in July of 2012, but decommitted in December after revealing that he needed more time to make a decision. In the end, it was the Irish who won his incredibly talented services.

You won't find many players in the nation more talented than the Placer High superstar. In fact, you're only going to find a small handful of high school players who can boast better accolades.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Vanderdoes is the No. 6 overall recruit in the country, the top-rated defensive tackle and the second-best player out of the hotbed that is the state of California. 

And it's not difficult to see why. 

Over the last two seasons, the 6'2", 310-pound monster has racked up 117 tackles, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one safety.

Essentially, it's a good thing he's headed to the collegiate level because what he was doing to other talented high school linemen was beginning to border on unfair. 

In addition to being able to collapse the pocket with his obvious strength and power, Vanderdoes is terrific against the run. He sheds blocks easily and uses surprising speed and burst for a man with his size to cause absolute mayhem in the backfield.

Vanderdoes is a weapon in every aspect of the game, and if you need proof of his dominance, look no further than this tweet from 247Sports' JC Shurburtt:

And of course, Eddie Vanderdoes is a bad, bad man. #ArmyBowl

— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) January 5, 2013

Yes, that pretty much sums it up.

Vanderdoes was arguably the best performer at the Army Bowl, and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that his new coaches are currently dancing through campus. 

Notre Dame has landed one of this year's hottest prospects in Vanderdoes, and he should bring immediate results to the Irish defense.