Tranquill talks Irish commitment

Notre Dame commit Drue Tranquill talks about why he chose the Irish over Purdue, what position he is projected to play, and what spurred him to commit on Tuesday night.

For the newest Notre Dame commit, four-star Drue Tranquill of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll, faith was at the center of his decision to come to Notre Dame. Tranquill committed to Purdue in July, but after months of prayer and deliberation, the in-state product decided to flip his pledge to the Irish.

"I really sought the counsel of God these past few months," Tranquill said. "Both universities are outstanding and have amazing people and coaches. I knew in my heart though I belonged at Notre Dame. I love the tradition, family and prestigious degree. I love how they incorporate faith into their every day life."

Tranquill notified both coaching staffs on Tuesday afternoon of his decision.

"I called Coach (Brian) Kelly and made sure the offer was still on the table and then I committed," Tranquill said. "Then, I called Coach (Darrell) Hazel and let him know I had to decommit. It was hard because he is one of the most high character men that I know. I have nothing but respect for him."

Tranquill delayed his announcement in order to concentrate on his senior season.

"I knew towards the end of my season," Tranquill said. "I decided to put off announcing because I wanted the focus to be on my team and not me."

"I talked it over with my family and we decided this week would be a good time to announce it," Tranquill said. "What also sped up the process was that Notre Dame offered a couple linebackers over the bye week, and I didn't want to miss an opportunity that I knew was supposed to take."

Tranquill is slated to play safety or linebacker at Notre Dame, depending on the depth chart and his growth.

"If I get up there around 215-(pounds), I'll start out at strong safety," Tranquill said. "But, looking at the depth chart, if it's 220, 225, I'll play inside linebacker."

Tranquill plans to take his official visit to Notre Dame sometime in the near future, but he does not have an exact date set. Top Stories