He got some quick experience against some of the best talent in the nation last year. He plays for G. Holmes Braddock High School in Miami and that area is a hot bed for future stars on the collegiate level. We asked Tranell who the best player he had lined up against in the Miami area and he gave TSW a quick answer. "Alex Pou ( 6-4 280) from Coral Gables. He was ranked as the #2 lineman in the state. He signed with Miami." Tranell was not intimidated by the reputation and had a great game. "I had two sacks and made six tackles. I did damn good."
Tranell camped this summer at Miami, NC State, Florida and Auburn. "My trips to NC State and Florida were awesome. NC State has all those new facilities and everything a player needs is right there. The academics assistance, practice facilities and new buildings. I also enjoyed Florida. All the coaches were really great, but I also met some nice people around UF. Auburn was awesome too, but on the way home I saw some people flying rebel flags and I said uh oh, what's this all about?"
As to his favorites, he does have a top five, but does not name a leader. "Auburn, NC State, Florida, Missouri and Rutgers are my top five. I want to make my visits before I decide." His schedule will get real busy starting in November when his football season is over. "I plan on being on a plane for two trips in November and for one trip in December, one in January and maybe one in February. Rutgers will get my first visit. They were the first to show me love with an offer and I want to be loyal to that." Tranell has no problem playing out of state and said that he had to make his own way sooner or later.
Braddock opens the season this Wednesday night in the "Kick Off Classic" against Palmetto. We asked for a prediction and got one. "Palmetto is pretty good, but we will win."