At 6'2, 210-pounds, we project him to grow into a linebacker. What makes him special is speed and athleticism. He was effective on the blitz in this game, getting to the quarterback once for a sack and hurrying him other times. He changes directions well for a big guy and has good closing speed. Those traits were evident on offense, where he was responsible for four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one passing). He has really good ball skills and is going to be a great coverage linebacker at the next level.
Committed to Purdue, he was offered by Notre Dame as a middle linebacker. What we haven't seen much from him is taking on blockers. Right now, he's a space guy. He'll have to learn to deal with 300-pound guards and 250-pound fullbacks coming his way if he ends up in the middle. The biggest thing for him moving forward will be adding that size and strength and potentially learn a new position. As far as athletic gifts, instincts and a competitive nature, he has the goods.
Younger brother Justin Tranquill had a good game until he left with an injury. He plays running back and cornerback and while not as big as his older brother (5'10, 180), he has plenty of speed and athleticism as well. At running back, he had a great touchdown run where he spun out of one tackle and broke to the outside. On defense, he picked off a pass in the end zone on a fade thrown at a much bigger receiver. He could be a corner, free safety or running back at the next level. Toledo has offered and we don't think they will be alone for long.
Senior defensive end Tyler Hands is very active, plays with a good motor and always seems to be around the football. At 6'2, 255-pounds, we think he grows into a college tackle. He'll play at some level. Even if it doesn't end up being D1, he's going to be a very solid, dependable player for someone in college.
Senior quarterback Chandler Boggs is one worth keeping an eye on. He's 6'3 and a solid athlete who made some nice throws on the night. We'll keep tabs on him as the season progresses.