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E.Vanderdoes appealed ND's decision

Florida State's Matthew Thomas might not be the only five-star recruit in this year's class already on the move. Growing speculation surrounds Notre Dame's Eddie Vanderdoes and whether he'll honor his letter of intent with the Irish. It appears less and less likely with each passing day.

"Dad of ND recruit Eddie Vanderdoes says he does not support an incoming freshman being released from a (national letter of intent) simply due to 'change of heart,'" ESPN.com's Joe Schad tweeted.

Vanderdoes' father said, "When Eddie explains his side it will shed some light."

A signing day snafu was reportedly the start of Vanderdoes' rocky relationship with Notre Dame, but it isn't the only reason behind Vanderdoes' current thinking.

"Sources close to the situation only added to the gray areas, offering a multitude of reasons for a possible 11th-hour defection as well as a wide variety of possible outcomes," Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune reported.

Vanderdoes already started the process of leaving Notre Dame according to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register.

"Vanderdoes filed an appeal after Notre Dame, expectedly, declined to release him from his NLI," Kartje wrote. "Now, the whole world seems to be waiting for the answer to that appeal."

UCLA is the likely landing spot once Vanderdoes bypasses his South Bend entanglement. Vanderdoes initially chose the Fighting Irish over the Bruins. The defensive tackle may now do the opposite.

"A source says 2013 five-star DL Eddie Vanderdoes is looking to enroll at UCLA," BruinSportsReport.com wrote.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, may have to prepare this season without the thought of having Vanderdoes in the fold. The talented defensive lineman will be counted among the team's two-deep this fall if he decides to attend school in South Bend. If he doesn't, then the Fighting Irish staff may have to make some adjustments to its front seven.

"A possible solution might be to consider moving either junior Ishaq Williams or classmate Ben Councell from the deep outside linebacker ranks to end," Hansen wrote. "Williams already split time between the two positions in the spring and excelled at it."

Blair Angulo

Is Vanderdoes to USC still a possibility?

"It would be an all-time shocker if Vanderdoes, once a Trojans commit, enrolled at USC. He all but eliminated them from his top list in the weeks leading up to national signing day, choosing the Fighting Irish over Alabama and UCLA. The Bruins, though, appear to have finished second in the race and might now reap the benefits."