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From Cali to Bama – Can it happen?

6-3 – 310 pound Defensive lineman.  That has a very nice ring to it don’t you think?  Especially if that monster is a 5-star recruit that is ranked 10th in the ESPN top 150.  It would be a great get for the Crimson Tide if Saban can pull it off.  Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) is a USC decommit and has offers from pretty much every major school in the country.  He just took his official visit to USC and has already visited UCLA and Washington.

While Saban was in Huntsville recruiting future Tiders on Monday, he sent Bama’s defensive line coach Chris Rumph to California to sit down and visit with the DT.  After meeting with Rumph,  Vanderdoes said “He’s a great guy. He’s my type of personality. He’s the kind of guy I’d love to be around for the four years that I’m there”.

Some believe that Notre Dame has the inside track on stealing him away from USC.  Although, according to Vanderdoes father USC is not out of the mix by a long shot, “The main thing he wants to make perfectly clear is that USC is still heavily considered,”.  Eddie still has an official visit coming up with Notre Dame on the 25th of January, so he will get to talk with Coach Brian Kelley first hand to see if he is bolting to the NFL.

Alabama and Coach Nick Saban gets the chance to make a lasting impression with the elite recruit as he just scheduled a 5th official visit. Vanderdoes is scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 2nd – just 4 days away from signing day.  He said “The main thing, I want to be around the players to see how I fit in,”  Vanderdoes went on to say that he “just really wants to sit down with Coach [Nick] Saban and the rest of the staff and just talk and see how I fit in with everything, the plan they have for me, what I can bring to their university and what they can give back. That’s what I’m really looking for.”

Vanderdoes is big and strong and would be a great fit as a nose tackle in Alabama’s 3-4 scheme, and he could even move over to 5-technique from time to time because he’s so quick and explosive for his size. He has the talent to be a featured defender on Alabama’s defensive front and follow in the footsteps of Terrance “Mount” Cody, and Jessie Williams to be the next great defensive lineman for the Tide. Given that the Crimson Tide should be in the championship picture or at least in the talks for several years to come, to have the chance to be an elite defender for a program like Alabama has to be a huge draw.

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