Eddie Vanderdoes has been ruled eligible at UCLA after initially committing to Notre Dame.
Sources confirmed on Tuesday that Eddie Vanderdoes has been ruled eligible to play for UCLA this season and the high-profile prospect from the Class of 2013 figures to make an immediate impact for the Bruins.
The 6-foot-2 and 310-pound defensive tackle from Auburn (Calif.) Placer initially committed to Notre Dame. The nation's No. 1 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings had a change of heart shortly thereafter, however.
Vanderdoes said he felt the need to stay closer to home for family reasons, and thus, asked the Fighting Irish for a release from his National Letter of Intent signed back in February. The request was denied, unfortunately.
Given the circumstances, Vanderdoes decided to appeal to the NCAA. Not only once, but twice. The second time proved to be the charm and he was declared eligible on Tuesday to seemingly clear the way for his upcoming debut at UCLA.
Multiple phone calls to Vanderdoes and those in his camp were not immediately returned. That said, stay tuned for plenty of updates on this developing situation.