"I couldn't be more impressed to say the least," said Tranquill, who stars for Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll High. "I've heard of Michigan, but never really been up here before or anything like that. I came up here to see their facilities, meet their coaching staff, and all their coaches seem like genuine real people to me. They were all really nice. I had an awesome time being coached by coach Mallory and everything. Their facilities again, were just outstanding and I had an awesome time."
At 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, Tranquill said Mallory made a lasting impression on his visit with his unique coaching style.
"He gave me positive feedback and encouragement, even if you messed up or made a mistake," said Tranquill, on his work with Mallory. "He is over there coaching every individual person, telling them what they did wrong and how they can improve that. So I picked up a lot of good tips I can take into my season.
Justin's older brother, Drue Tranquill, also made the trip to Michigan's camp. Drue is a 2014 linebacker prospect, and it's possible U-M could offer him later this summer. With that in mind, Justin said both he and his brother will be back for another visit this fall.
"They want to get us both back up here for a game," said Tranquill. "They want us to visit around the campus. But we're really thankful and blessed with the opportunities that we are having. I just had an awesome time today."
It begs the question, are the Tranquill's a package deal?
"We've talked about it since we were younger," said Tranquill. "It has been a dream to go play with your older brother. Stay close to him and go play in college with him. I mean if the opportunity presented itself and it was good situation for us, then I think definitely think we would want that."
With his college recruitment far from over, Tranquill says "education" will play a major role in his recruitment among other things.
"I know a big thing in my family is education. Cause they have always implied that and want it to be a big part for us. Football is not going to last forever. So education is a big one. I want it to feel like home. I don't want a coaching staff not be genuine and stuff like that. Closeness to home is not really that big to me. I am willing to go play wherever. Then playing time, a lot of that is going to be me stepping up when I get on to campus and making big plays. But I definitely want to be a at a college where I fit in with their scheme."