Tranquill hears advice of Irish locker room
Question:A year ago today, did you ever envision yourself headed to Notre Dame to play football? Tranquill: "It's unreal. Man, I remember watching on television as a kid players make their announcements and thinking how awesome those guys must be. It's crazy that I am going to be attending the University of Notre Dame to play football. The process has flown by. I'm getting ready to start a new chapter in my life." Question:As a baseball player primarily in your youth, when did you really start to dial in on football? Tranquill: "When I moved to Indiana, my two favorite schools from the beginning were Purdue and Notre Dame. Before the move, I didn't know much about football in Indiana. I knew it was a basketball state. Growing up in the South, I was all about baseball and the SEC, especially Auburn football. That's where my parents went. This (football) all started about a year ago. I was all baseball at that point, but then I got teamed up with Mike Ledo of AWP Sports, and that's when things changed. It was at a combine about this time last year where I started to get noticed by the media. Before then, I was behind the eight ball a little." (That combine was Best of the Midwest held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tranquill turned heads with his speed, athleticism and coverage ability. In fact, he ended the day as my MVP, even though he was virtually unknown at the time.) Question:What were the main factors you were weighing in your mind as you mulled Notre Dame vs. Purdue for much of your senior season? Tranquill: "I knew I wanted to got to Notre Dame before I actually let on about it. I knew in my heart Notre Dame was an amazing opportunity as soon as they offered. After the USC game, it started with the locker room experience. I was able to talk with Cam McDaniel about life and just the things holding me back from switching to Notre Dame. I would be closer to my friends and family at Purdue, and I was uneasy about the decommitment aspect of it all. Cam told me Notre Dame is forever. He said Notre Dame will help you for the rest of your life. And, he told me to go with my gut.
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