Notre Dame landed stud defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes in the 2013 recruiting cycle. The 6'3'', 310-pound Vanderdoes is one of the most physically ready recruits to enter college football in recent memory, as he already has the power needed to play in the trenches as a true freshman.
However, after signing his National Letter of Intent, Vanderdoes decided he did not want to attend Notre Dame, as being closer to his family in California was too important to pass up.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly did not release Vanderdoes from his N.L.I., but Vanderdoes was allowed to enroll at UCLA under the condition that he sits out the 2013 season and loses one year of eligibility.
Vanderdoes' initial appeal to the NCAA to restore his full eligibility was denied, but his second appeal resulted in him being declared eligible to play for the Bruins immediately. Notre Dame not only lost a great prospect, but also its quest to protect the integrity of its N.L.I.'s.