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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Vanderdoes taking time with recruiting

By Damon Sayles


SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) decommitted from USC days before arriving at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. As he and the rest of the players prepare for Saturday’s big game, he was asked about the seven players expected to announce where they would play college football during the game.

Vanderdoes, the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle, then gave his opinion about him potentially being the eighth player to announce.

“Not a chance I’ll be committed Saturday,” Vanderdoes said. “ The next decision I’ll make will be on signing day.”

After decommitting from the Trojans on Dec. 27, Vanderdoes said he’s all about taking his time in making the right decision. USC is still high on his list, but UCLA, Notre Dame, Alabama and Washington also have the made the cut. He’s taken visits to UCLA and Washington, and he’s looking to set up visits to Alabama and Notre Dame. Vanderdoes said he will visit USC on Jan. 18.

“That was the reason why I decommitted,” said Vanderdoes, referring to wanting to explore all options. “All five schools are even. There’s no leader right now.”

Ranked No. 33 in the ESPN 150, Vanderdoes would have been one of 14 USC commits at the Army game had he stayed with his pledge. He called the process “bittersweet,” as it’s had both good and bad. While Vanderdoes looks not to rush his process, he’s definitely looking forward to seeing it come to an end.

“At first, it’s sweet, because you’ve always wanted to be there with all the hype and the offers,” he said. “Once you get to the end, though, you start thinking, ‘I have five weeks to make a decision that’s going to choose the path for the rest of my life.’ You lose a lot to sleep, because your head’s just racing.”