All Irish: Drue Tranquill

In the 15th of its series, Notre Dame big skill commit Drue Tranquill of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll is broken down with a recruitment recap and player analysis. At 6-foot-2 1/2, 220-pounds, Tranquill will compete at linebacker or strong safety at Notre Dame.

Drue Tranquill (Linebacker/Safety 6'2.5", 220)

Location: Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll

Rank: No. 14 ranked outside linebacker, Four-star

Quick Hit:

Drue Tranquill first burst onto the recruiting scene at a combine in Indianapolis during the spring of his junior year. His speed, instincts, athleticism and energy not only gave him the nod as the best player competing that day, but as a prospect worth keeping an eye on. The primary reason for his late arrival to the scene as a major prospect was due to him missing the entire camp circuit the year before because Tranquill also excels as a baseball player.

When Tranquill took home MVP honors of the Adidas Invitational in Michigan, teams began to take notice, and he received his first offer from Toledo. After running back-to-back 4.49 forties at Purdue's camp in June, the Boilermakers also extended an offer.

By the end of June 2013, Tranquill had four finalists, which included Michigan (no offer), Notre Dame (no offer), Purdue and Toledo. Throughout the entire process, Tranquill emphasized an early commitment in order to focus on his senior season.

Tranquill caught the eye of the Notre Dame coaches during Notre Dame's camp. He thoroughly impressed Bob Diaco and Bob Elliott, but an offer didn't come through. Once it became clear Michigan was not going to offer (full numbers) either, Tranquill pulled the trigger for Purdue in July.

However, in early August, Notre Dame decided not to pass on the opportunity to pursue this in-state big skill, and the Irish extended an offer. Tranquill visited Notre Dame in August with his family, and he also visited Notre Dame for the USC game in October. Tranquill decided to put his decision on the backburner until his team was knocked out of the playoffs. In November, Tranquill flipped to Notre Dame after contemplating "the hardest decision of his life."

Tranquill has put on 20 pounds since June, and depending on how much more weight he adds, will compete at linebacker or strong safety at Notre Dame.

Notable Quotable:

"I talked with [safeties] coach (Bob) Elliott right off the bat on Saturday. His main message to me was that Notre Dame wants me no matter what. They have opened up how they are recruiting me, and want me as an athlete. That definitely makes me a little more comfortable. Just knowing that I can come in and fight for whatever position is best for the team and me. I can let my body grow naturally into what's best for my position. It's reassuring." – Tranquill

Note: Stay tuned for an in-depth film breakdown of Tranquill in a follow-up story.

Links of Note:

Tranquill's Initial Commitment Analysis

Tranquill's profile, highlights, and all stories

Tranquill is commit No. 15 broken down in the "All Irish" series. Click below to view the first fourteen in the series:

WR Justin Brent

DE Andrew Trumbetti

LB Greer Martini

DT Jay Hayes

OG Jimmy Byrne

QB DeShone Kizer

OG Sam Mustipher

TE Nic Weishar

OT Alex Bars

OT Quenton Nelson

LB Jonathan Bonner

DE Grant Blankenship

CB Nick Watkins

P/K Tyler Newsome

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