Vanderdoes Excited About Irish Offer

Notre Dame joined in the pursuit for Eddie Vanderdoes Wednesday, adding to the defensive line prospect's early offer list. Irisheyes.com spoke with Vanderdoes about the offer and his interest in the Irish.

Add Notre Dame to the early offers collected by Auburn (CA) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

"It definitely was a big day," said Vanderdoes of his latest offer. "I got the Notre Dame offer today (Wednesday) and it was really nice. I'm real excited about this one because it's Notre Dame and it's a big time program. It's great to know they want me."

Has Vanderdoes ever visited Notre Dame?

"No, not yet," said Vanderdoes. "But I plan on getting there at some point down the road."

How did the Irish involvement get started with the defensive tackle?

"Coach (Mike) Denbrock first told me to hit him up on Facebook," he explained. "So I called him and he said they had watched my tape and they loved it and were really interested in me.

"They said athletically it was a no-brainer and they just needed to go over my transcripts and to give him a call this week.

"So I called them today and he said they are officially offering me and they are really fired up about me."

How much of a factor will distance come into play when looking at the Irish?

"Not at all," stressed Vanderdoes. "I'm definitely open about going east or down south or anywhere.

"I know they have a tradition of being a winning program," Vanderdoes added. "They also have a great history of winning and sending guys to the NFL. They also win and are just a great program."

How would the Irish look to use the talented defensive lineman?

"They see me as a defensive tackle (nose) and defensive end," he said. "I watched them play against Stanford and love their defensive scheme. I love how they run their defense."

Despite the early attention by several programs, Vanderdoes knows his strengths and weaknesses.

"The strength of my game is my versatility with strength, technique, power and the ability to separate along with my motor," Vanderdoes said. "I need to work on being more balanced and getting quicker off the ball."

Irisheyes.com will continue to follow the path Vanderdoes takes following his big Irish offer.


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