Alabama's domination of Notre Dame Monday night in the BCS championship game will play no influence in the final decision for four-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who is still considering both teams along with USC, UCLA and Washington.
The Auburn (Calif.) Placer standout, who shined at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, still plans to visit both schools before signing day along with an official trip to USC and then make his final decision.
Notre Dame is definitely not out after a bad performance in the title game.
"Not at all," Vanderdoes said in a text message. "Both teams are great and they were both there for a reason."
Alabama is a late arrival to the Vanderdoes recruitment, he first mentioned that the Crimson Tide got involved early during Army week, but it's a major player and he's expected to talk this week with the coaching staff to figure out a visit date.
Vanderdoes, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound prospect who's rated as the fourth-best defensive tackle and the No. 32 prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, said he expected to talk with Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock on Tuesday about possible visit dates for South Bend.
According to the four-star, the weekend of Jan. 25 might work best so his entire family can make the trip to Notre Dame. No date has been set for Alabama but that is expected to be worked out soon as well.
Vanderdoes is expected to visit USC the weekend of Jan. 18. He de-committed from the Trojans shortly before Army week.
The Placer standout was arguably the top prospect on the West team at the Army game throughout the week and he could make a move in the next round of rankings.
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