Posted June 08, 2013

Report: Recruit Eddie Vanderdoes transferred because of family health issues

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UCLA football coach Jim Mora Jr. landed five-star defensive tackle recruit Eddie Vanderdoes from Notre Dame earlier this week after Vanderdoes decided he wanted to play closer to home. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Five-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes, the defensive tackle who announced earlier this week that he was transferring to UCLA after committing to Notre Dame, will make the case that “extenuating family circumstances” led to his decision in order to re-gain eligibility, according to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.

A close relative of Vanderdoes was diagnosed with a severe illness this past winter, spurring the Class of 2013′s No. 1 defensive tackle to want to move closer to home, according to the report.

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From the report:

Vanderdoes is hoping these circumstances, along with the fact that he would be close to more family in the Los Angeles area, will greenlight his appeal. Notre Dame would not release him from his National Letter of Intent for what it deemed “integrity” purposes. Because the Fighting Irish have refused to release Vanderdoes, he would have to sit out the 2013 season and would lose a season of eligibility, meaning without winning an appeal, he would have only four seasons to play three years in college.

Vanderdoes, who is already enrolled at UCLA and considered a student there, is expected to arrive for classes later this month.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder attended Placer High School in his hometown of Auburn, Calif.


16 comments
TommieVermont
TommieVermont

No commitment now means many illegitimate kids later.... Quote me on that

slickjim
slickjim

Bitter Brian Kelly and ND.  If it's so great as all your fans brag about, why would you worry about kids not wanting to go there and instead choosing another school?  As BK himself said, "We only want players that want to play here..."

JoshLakerBruin
JoshLakerBruin

Not sure why this is such a big story, every year in college athletes transfer closer to home to be near family situations. There is a standard appeal process they go through to not have to sit out a year. only different thing in this situation is that Notre Dame could have waived his NLI to skip this procedure and they chose not to. As a UCLA student I wish they had made this easier, but I don't fault them for their decision. No one truly knows all the facts but at this point it is simply up to the NCAA so all the hype about who is right or wrong is not even worth it. Remember this is an 18 year old kid, not an NFL free agent who wanted to be released from his new contract because he wanted to be closer to his mom.

eddiej
eddiej

ND should've let him out of his NLI,since he never set foot on campus. Also if he is claiming a family medical problem why sign if you knew of the problem first? I'm just asking the first question he'll probably get asked by appeals committee.

TheMrOfficer
TheMrOfficer

They need to make the coaches and universities follow the same rules as the student athletes. They students have absolutely no power.

bruinfan2k13
bruinfan2k13

@eddiej He found out about his grandma after he had signed his NLI.  As to the other questions people may ask such as why UCLA when Berkley or Stanford is closer to his home, the answer is that when you take into account the travel time to the airport the time to arrive home in the case of an emergency is nearly the same from any CA school, especially with UCLA's proximity to LAX and Burbank airports.

DanielLlenas
DanielLlenas

Ok guys, easy to say when it hadn't happened to your school, because I'm sure you would sing a different tune. Plus if they just let him go, then recruiting would be an even bigger joke than it already is.

rocfb
rocfb

@bruinfan2k13 @eddiej  Living in San Francisco this summer and being a  neighbor to his high school, Cal and Stanford are still much closer than UCLA. It is a 2 hour drive with traffic from Stanford or Cal to his home town, and at least a 2 hour flight plus an hour to get home from the airport. So Bruinfan, try using googlemaps first next time.

eddiej
eddiej

I'm in agreement that he shouldn't lose a yr. of playing.My question was one he will be asked by the appeals panel.But thanks for clearing up the health problem. Live on east coast article I read said he knew well before signing day,therefore ND should play hard about his not getting out of NLI.Either way he never set foot on campus he should,imo,be released to play wherever he could get a scholarship.

RobertM
RobertM

@DanielLlenas Nothing "happened" to the school. Obviously Notre Dame cares nothing about their players. He did not even enroll into the school. Notre Dame is a religious school correct? Christianity based institution? Integrity? What happened to doing unto others as you would have them do unto you? A child is making a life decision to support his family. Sounds like the making of a good man and that is what Notre Dame should be about instead of JUST BEING ABOUT THE MYRIAD OF WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN EXPLOIT YOUNG ATHLETES. Very pathetic example of the predatory nature of college athletics and the NCAA.  

peninsulalaw
peninsulalaw

@DanielLlenas Why do only athletes suffer? Because it's about the money for the schools. Think about it: a student accepts an academic scholarship from Penn, but then gets a better offer from Harvard. Obviously, Penn can't stop the student from going to Harvard, and can't impose any penalties upon the student. NCAA rules are disproportionately unfair to the 18-21 year old kid who is still trying to figure out "life." Here's a thought: ban the NLI.

ddlambo
ddlambo

@peninsulalaw @ddlambo @RobertM @DanielLlenas I in no way said that they couldn't ban recruiting after a certain date, they absolutely have the power to, but the LOI system creates an actual end date on the player's participation.  If there was no end date, the player could decide to leave in the middle of fall practice to go play at another school without any ramifications.

peninsulalaw
peninsulalaw

@ddlambo @RobertM @DanielLlenas I agree with what you write, except for "recruiting up until the day they started fall practice." The NCAA certainly can ban recruiting after a certain date. It already bans recruiting "before" certain dates.

ddlambo
ddlambo

@RobertM @DanielLlenas This is a general NLI problem, NOT a Notre Dame specific situation.  Notre Dame is allowing him to leave and enroll at a school closer to home (i.e. doing unto others).  They are just protecting themselves from the predatory nature of college recruiting, where without a NLI program, these college recruiters would be recruiting players up until the day they started fall practice (and likely even longer).  The program serves an important purpose.  Again, this is only a sport, the individual is still going to be able to receive a quality education.  There is a much bigger issue regarding the situation where a player signs a NLI or tries to transfer after a coach leaves.  

donald5
donald5

@peninsulalaw @DanielLlenas What travesty are these kids suffering?  I have seen a lot of people "suffer" during my time on earth and I would hardly qualify what college athletes are going through as "suffering".