Eddie Vanderdoes, 247Sports' No. 6-rated player in the 2013 recruiting class, is scheduled to enroll at Notre Dame for summer school and join the team for workouts on June 17.
Whether or not Vanderdoes joins the Fighting Irish this summer has become a subject of rampant speculation this week. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman signed a letter of intent to attend Notre Dame, but recent rumors suggest an uncertain future for the highly-touted prospect from Auburn, Calif.
Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee was able to get in contact with Vanderdoes' father to get clarification on some of the rumors -- which include everything from a fallout with Notre Dame to academic issues.
Speculation about Vanderdoes ranged from character concerns to an academic fall out. Vanderdoes' coaches continued to rave about his upstanding character on Monday, and his father Eddie Vanderdoes on Monday night texted of his son, "One thing I can tell you is grades or eligibility is not and has never been an issue."
He added in the text, "let people speculate, but you will be the first to know, as always, when it's time to let people know."
Davidson proceeded to point out that Notre Dame accidentally spoiled Vanderdoes' commitment on national signing day. The family requested that the school not include the defensive end's name on the media release so that Vanderdoes and his Placer High teammates could enjoy the surprise of the signing ceremony held later in the afternoon.
Notre Dame accidentally included Vanderdoes' name on the morning letter-of-intent announcement, and efforts to quickly remove it from the website did not stop the news from spreading across the nation.
If Vanderdoes has decided not to enroll at Notre Dame, he would need to get a release from the school to sign elsewhere before the fall. Vanderdoes verbally committed to USC in the summer of 2012 before reopening his recruiting and choosing Notre Dame over UCLA , Alabama and Washington.
One popular opinion is that the Bruins are the most likely landing spot for Vanderdoes, should he receive a release from Notre Dame. However it is still possible that the high school all-american plans on joining the Fighting Irish next month.
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