Tranquill faces 'business decision'
Notre Dame offered Purdue commit Drue Tranquill of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll in early August. Since then, the in-state standout has had much to digest, including a visit to Notre Dame for its win over Michigan State on Saturday. "The visit went great," Tranquill said. "I was able to get a lot of questions answered, and I had a great time." Notre Dame originally offered Tranquill specifically to play middle linebacker, but Tranquill, who has most of his experience playing outside linebacker and safety, says that's no longer the case. "I talked with [safeties] coach (Bob) Elliott right off the bat on Saturday," Tranquill said. "His main message to me was that Notre Dame wants me no matter what. They have opened up how they are recruiting me, and want me as an athlete." "That definitely makes me a little more comfortable," Tranquill added. "Just knowing that I can come in and fight for what position is best for me and the team. I can let my body grow naturally into what's best for my position. It's reassuring." Tranquill visited Purdue last week when it hosted Notre Dame. But, Saturday was Notre Dame's opportunity to display its game day atmosphere inside Notre Dame Stadium. "What stood out about Notre Dame's game day was how long they've sold out games," Tranquill said. "Their fans understand what kind of tradition they have, and they love it. It's what college football is all about." Having visited both Notre Dame and Purdue multiple times, a decision is looming for Tranquill. "It's going to be about peace of mind," Tranquill said. "I will talk with my family and my close friends, and I'll be ready to make a decision in the upcoming weeks. I've got a good feel for both schools and don't think I need any more visits." Tranquill stressed his future is the main priority in his decision-making process. "Even though it's about peace of mind, I'm not just making a gut decision," Tranquill said. "Obviously, I've put a lot of thought and time into this. It's a business decision. I've researched both schools a lot. I'm going to choose the best opportunity for my future. Once I nail that down, I'll be ready to make a decision." Tranquill was able to speak one-on-one with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly before kickoff on Saturday. "Coach Kelly reiterated what Coach Elliott told me," Tranquill said. "Notre Dame wants me no matter what. There's no label on my position. They want to get me on campus and figure out where I can best help the team." Tranquill is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 21 outside linebacker by Scout.com.
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