Tranquill makes his mark at Purdue

Linebacker Drue Tranquill ran a personal-best 40 time at Purdue's camp. Will that be enough for an offer from the Boilermakers? Go inside this Boiler Sports Report story for the answers.

On Tuesday morning, Drue Tranquill woke up feeling sore and tired. The linebacker has been through several summer camps and has more ahead. This time, he was in West Lafayette to work out for Purdue. A little fatigue wasn't going to stop him.

With Purdue coaches surrounding and a possible scholarship offer at the end of his 40-yard dash, Tranquill was clocked at a personal-best 4.49 time.

"It felt great," Tranquill said Tuesday's camp. "Obviously, this camp season takes a toll on your body. I just tried to battle through it and I was blessed to run a 4:49 today."

Tranquill, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect, was set to attend Purdue's Elite Camp for seniors on Friday but was a late scratch. Instead, he worked out for the coaching staff on the side of their underclassmen camp.

Purdue linebackers coach Marcus Freeman worked with Tranquill on several drills, getting an up-close look at his athleticism.

"It was obviously a great opportunity," said Tranquill. "... It was great to give me a different perspective—for my game, and to be recruited. I was thankful for that."

Tranquill has been on the Boilermakers' recruiting radar for some time. Purdue is recruiting several linebackers, with recent visitor Noah Furbush at the top of the list. Tranquill may have forced head coach Darrell Hazell's hand with his impressive performance on Tuesday.

"I've been getting a good vibes, obviously," Tranquill said. "There are some new offers out, but Coach Hazell is being really particular about who they offer. At the end of the day, Coach Hazell was beyond impressed. They're going to meet Saturday and again on Monday, and hopefully call me with some good news next week."

Thus far, Tranquill holds offers from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and others. The Bearcats' offer just came in last week during a visit in Cincinnati.

Tranquill is hopeful he has momentum built during these summer visits. An offer from the Boilermakers would be icing on the cake.

"It would be huge, because they're one of my top schools—or I wouldn't be visiting them," he said of Purdue. "They've got a great program and what I'm looking to study. It's a blessing anytime you get a scholarship and get a chance to go to school for free. It would be huge for me."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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