Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who signed with Notre Dame in February, has recently become the second high profile recruit of the Class of 2013 looking to get out of his scholarship. Breitbart Sports recently reported that Matthew Thomas, a linebacker who signed with Florida State, is also attempting to get a release.
The recruitment of Vanderdoes was one of the more intense of the cycle, and the massive interior lineman was committed to USC at one point before de-committing and looking hard at the Trojans, UCLA, Alabama, and Notre Dame with each school appearing to have a lead at various points.
A California native, Vanderdoes ultimately chose the Irish, but his Signing Day decision was not without controversy. Although he set a late announcement time, Notre Dame included his name on a press release sent out earlier in the day, essentially ruining any suspense around the much anticipated announcement.
Vanderdoes is now locked into a scholarship at Notre Dame and would have to sit out one year for transferring unless granted a release by the school.
The recent push of incoming freshman to be able to reconsider their decision to sign with a particular school comes at a time when many are scrutinizing the collegiate system of amateur athletics that holds athletes to standards of commitment that are not adhered to by many of the sports highly-paid coaches who can depart for a better offer as they please.