Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes plans to enroll in classes at UCLA later this month and will not be a part of the Notre Dame football program, head coach Brian Kelly confirmed in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Eddie Vanderdoes will start summer school at UCLA on June 24.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora later officially welcomed Vanderdoes to the school via Twitter. Vanderdoes thanked Notre Dame for allowing him to stay in California where he will be closer to his family in a statement sent to Sacramento Bee reporter Joe Davidson via text message.
Notre Dame did not release the 6-foot-4, 305-pound recruit from the letter of intent he signed in early February and does not plan to do so in the future.
“Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame," Kelly said. "We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program, but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home. We understand Eddie’s interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well.”
Vanderdoes is not eligible to play for the Bruins this fall as a transfer student. He will be able to practice with the team and will have four years to play three seasons after sitting out next fall.
The country's top-ranked defensive tackle prospect and the No. 1 player in the state of California was a major last-minute addition to Notre Dame's top three recruiting class in February. He originally verbally committed to play for USC before choosing the Irish on National Signing Day. Months later, Vanderdoes decided he didn't want to leave the West Coast because of what he said were family reasons in his statement.
Losing Vanderdoes leaves the Irish with two incoming freshmen on the defensive line, Jacob Matuska and Isaac Rochell, both of whom are expected to arrive on campus two weeks from now.
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