Eddie Vanderdoes ended months of national recruiting speculation when he announced Wednesday that he will attend Notre Dame on a football scholarship.
The Placer High School 6-foot-3, 303-pound senior defensive end, viewed as a national top 10 prospect, made his decision known during a ceremony on the Auburn campus in front of media, family, friends and classmates.
Vanderdoes also considered UCLA, USC, Washington and Alabama. He took recruiting trips to all of those schools, including Notre Dame, in the last two weeks.
Vanderdoes said it was a difficult decision because it was a "lifetime decision."
"This is a decision that will affect him for the next 70 years of his life," said Jon Osterhout, a longtime college coach who runs LinemanWinGames camps that specialize in teaching line techniques "Eddie could go wrong with any of these choices. Maybe the next big decision in his life is who he marries."
Vanderdoes headed a strong recruiting class for Placer High. At the same ceremony in the auditorium, golfer Hannah Gregg signed with Sonoma State, tight end Stone Sander signed with Sacramento State and quarterback Peter Denham with Northern Arizona.