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Vanderdoes won't attend Notre Dame, won't play at UCLA

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Top defensive recruit Eddie Vanderdoes made it official on Tuesday that he no longer planned to go to Notre Dame, but would attend UCLA instead.

Coach Brian Kelly says Vanderdoes won't be released from his letter of intent to play at Notre Dame.  That means he won't be playing football when he goes to UCLA this fall.

Vanderdoes signed with Notre Dame back in February, but on Tuesday the five-star recruit announced he'd be attending UCLA so he could stay closer to home.

"Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame," said Kelly in a written statement.  "We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program, but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home. We understand Eddie's interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well."

In addition to losing the strong defensive player in Vanderdoes, the Irish will be playing without Everett Golson who was suspended late last month and Gunner Kiel who announced his transfer to Cincinnati earlier this year.

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