Sometimes it’s fitting to save one of the best for last. That’s especially true when Eddie Vanderdoes, the recruit in question, is being fought over by two teams who recently met in the BCS National Championship Game.
Notre Dame, Alabama, USC and UCLA are the front-runners to get a commitment from Vanderdoes after Wednesday’s national signing day.
The 5-star defensive tackle and No. 6 overall prospect (via 247Sports) will make his decision on where he will play college football in the gymnasium of Placer High School in California at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET).
Until then, we’ll just have to sit back and wait. Four of the top college football programs in the nation are sitting in anticipation awaiting his decision. Along with those schools come the fanbases who are eagerly waiting to find out who they’ll be rooting for over the next few seasons.
So what’s it going to be, Vanderdoes?
Would you believe it if he told you he hasn’t decided yet himself?
"It's been hard," Eddie Vanderdoes III, his father, said, according to Joe Davidson of The Sacramento Bee. "He really doesn't know. He hasn't slept. He's not sleeping at all. He's trying to be sure. We'd all like to know but no one more than Eddie."
We’ve all spent the past few weeks attempting to weigh the options on what kids like Vanderdoes will ultimately choose.
Lost in all of the plotting, predicting and projecting was the human factor.
Vanderdoes is a high school kid who’s about to grow up in a hurry. He’s learning quickly that as a Division I collegiate athlete, he’s going to be under the public microscope.
Like any normal kid, it’s weighing on him, and he’s trying to do the right thing, to pick the right school.
While we sympathize with that stress and pressure, we’ll be sitting back calmly and waiting. Waiting until he makes that increasingly difficult decision that will define him for the rest of his life.