Tranquill Moves Closer to Preseason Commit

Four schools have emerged as finalists for 2014 Ft. Wayne (IN) Carroll LB/S Drue Tranquill. Only two of them have offered thus far, though. Michigan is one that hasn't. Will the Wolverines throw their hat in the ring, or might they be on the verge of adding a different linebacker to the fold?

When camp season began Drue Tranquill had a goal of proving that he is a BCS talent.  The 6-2, 208-pounder made his point.  After impressive showings at numerous camps across the Midwest he piqued the interest of a number of high major programs.  Recently, though, he decided to narrow his focus to just a few of them.

“I’ve got my top four – Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Purdue in no specific order,” Tranquill reported.  “I think I’m going to visit those four schools again and see where the interest goes.”

Of those finalists only Purdue and Cincinnati have extended scholarships.  Tranquil is holding out hope that the remaining two will add their names to the ledger in the near future.  With Michigan, however, that topic is apparently tabled for the moment.

“I spoke with Michigan (Thursday) and they previously offered a kid at my position, and he might commit soon,” he stated.  “If he does commit then they’re not going to offer me.  If he doesn’t then they (will consider Tranquill). So if he does commit, Michigan will drop out there.”

The Hoosier State star obviously hopes that doesn’t happen.  After a memorable camp visit to Ann Arbor a few weeks back, Michigan instantly rose up his list.

“It was a great experience,” said Tranquill.  “Before going on the camp circuit they hadn’t really seen me before or shown any interest.  Not being on the camp circuit last year and the year before really hurt me when it came to recruiting.  I had some ground to make up because I had chosen to go the baseball route. I was able to go to Sound Mind Sound Body and show what I’ve been working on for a year.  Then (Michigan’s camp) was a great experience.  Obviously the rich tradition at Michigan is awesome. So it was great to be around great coaches like that that are top in the country. "

“To be able to be coached by (the Michigan coaches) was a humbling and great experience and I was happy to do it.”

Now the wait is on to see if he’ll have the option of being coached by them on the collegiate level.  If the Wolverines don’t pick up another linebacker commit in the coming days Tranquill plans to make his way back to Ann Arbor for the annual barbecue at the Big House next month.  Not long after that he plans to bring his recruitment to a close.

“I’m going to try to make (a decision) before my season starts,” said Tranquill.  “I kind of want to shift the focus off of me and put it more on my team.  I think I’ve been in the process long enough that I’ve gotten a feel on where to go.  I believe that once I make my final visits it will be more clear to me and I’ll be able to make that decision.”

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