Tranquill has a choice to make in the future
Linebacker Drue Tranquill of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll burst onto the scene early this spring, and has since seen his recruitment take off. Tranquill committed to Purdue in July, and a couple of weeks ago, Notre Dame came calling and extended the offer to the four-star athlete. Tranquill camped at Notre Dame this summer, and that's where he first caught the Irish staff's attention. After the Purdue pledge was offered by the Irish, he told IrishEyes.com he would give Notre Dame an 'honest look.' On Saturday, Tranquill made the short trip to Notre Dame with his family. "It went great," Tranquill said. "I was able to see everything that I wanted to see, and I got all of my questions answered. I mainly wanted to find out why Notre Dame decided to offer me when they did, and why they see me at middle linebacker." Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco were able to address Tranquill's questions at length, according to Tranquill. "Coach Diaco and Coach Kelly were able to sit down with me and explain everything," Tranquill said. "They said that I came onto the scene late, so they couldn't offer me at safety because those spots are filled. They really liked me at camp and wanted to find a place for me, so they talked with the Notre Dame strength and conditioning coach, who said I can add a good amount of weight for linebacker without losing my speed." "Manti Te'o came on at 6-foot-2, 250-pounds, and I'm a little taller than him," Tranquill added. "I will be a developmental guy at 220. They said that I have a lot of potential at middle linebacker." Though Tranquill camped with the Irish this summer, Saturday was his first time taking in campus. "Campus was beautiful, and there was so much tradition," Tranquill. "There is a story behind everything at Notre Dame, and that is really cool to see. I want to major in either engineering or business, but probably engineering. I was able to sit down with the academic adviser who explained everything to me." Tranquill considers Irish freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith a close friend, and he was able to spend time with the former five-star Fort Wayne native after practice. I got to take in practice and see how Coach Diaco coached," Tranquill said. "I was able to hang out with Jaylon Smith, too." Now, Tranquill will turn his attention to Carroll's season, but he'll be in close touch with both Purdue and Notre Dame. "I have a lot of discussion to do with my family," Tranquill said. "I have a lot to soak in and think about. I will probably hit up Purdue for their first game and then I'll be back there for the Notre Dame game. I'll also be back in South Bend for a game this season. Right now, I'm turning my attention to my high school season because I've been involved in this process for a while and my teammates deserve my full attention." "I"m still a Purdue commit, but I have a lot of thinking to do." Tranquill is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 27 outside linebacker in 2014 by Scout.com, though he is being recruited by the Irish to play middle linebacker.
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