Since decommitting from USC (of course) in December, 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes has garnered plenty of buzz throughout the nation.
Making matters more confusing, Vanderdoes actually made an official visit to USC after decommitting. Then he visited Notre Dame and Alabama in January and February, respectively. UCLA and Washington are also in the hunt.
A lot of people thought Notre Dame was the favorite after he appeared to enjoy his visit to South Bend, per Andrew Hall of SlapTheSign.com, but nothing Vanderdoes has said has been overwhelmingly telling.
Not helping matters, erroneous reports have sprung up like wildfire.
Some had Vanderdoes re-committing to USC, which is not true, as Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee noted.
Others thought it was telling that UCLA head coach Jim Mora was holding his news conference at 5:15 p.m. PT on Wednesday when recruits from Placer High School met up at 5 p.m. PT. The only problem with that is, Vanderdoes is expected to take to the podium at 5:20 p.m. PT, according to Davidson. Davidson just so happens to have the Placer party schedule. He will also be the emcee for the party as a contributor for MaxPreps.com.
And it's not like Vanderdoes has been hiding anything. The very reason that he decommitted from USC and went to check out Notre Dame and Alabama is because he simply wanted to look at other options.
His father said, via Davidson's report: "He's leaned one way, then leaned another, then another, and he understood that might happen and that he needs to be 100 percent sure."
While Washington appears to be on the outside looking in, the reality is that Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA and even USC all still have a legitimate shot at Vanderdoes.
Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, would probably advise Vanderdoes to go with his gut and get it all over with. Of course, that's just one perspective.
At this point, anyone who tells you they know for sure what Vanderdoes is going to do is likely not telling the truth. The fact of the matter is, Vanderdoes may not even know until national signing day on Wednesday.
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