Tranquill offered by Boilermakers

Linebacker Drue Tranquill added an offer from Purdue on Wednesday, just days after a breakout performance at the Boilermakers' camp. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native discusses the offer and what's next for his recruitment, speaking in this Boiler Sports Report update.

For several months now, Purdue has been hot on Drue Tranquill's heels. The linebacker knew an offer was possible. After a breakout performance at the Boilermakers' camp, an offer for Tranquill appeared to be a lock.

On Wednesday morning, Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell called the Carroll (Ind.) High School linebacker and made it official.

"It was really exciting," Tranquill said of ninth offer. "I had my dad and brother sitting there. We were jumping for joy. It's a great accomplishment. I've been waiting for that offer for a while, so it was a relief and excitement to get it."

Tranquill, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect, also holds offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Miami, Minnesota, Toledo and Western Michigan. In the coming months, Tranquill will work to narrow his list of offers to four. Now, Purdue has a stronger presence in his recruitment.

The Boilermakers have been showing steady interest in Tranquill ever since Hazell's coaching staff took over. The offer cements that interest.

"It's just big," Tranquill said. "I'll be moving down the stretch [of the recruiting process], so to have that in my back pocket is huge."

It may be huge for Purdue, too. It has plenty that Tranquill is looking to find in the right school; first and foremost, a top-notch engineering program—the factor which could be the difference-maker in his recruitment.

In addition, Tranquill has built close relationships with the coaching staff, namely his lead recruiters, Jafar Williams and Marcus Freeman. These are just a few factors which have the Boilermakers in the hunt right now. When decision time comes for Tranquill, he believes Purdue will have a solid shot.

"Purdue will definitely be in the mix," said Tranquill. "They've been one of my top schools for a while, just because of what they have to offer."

Tranquill anticipates his list will be narrowed fairly soon. Then, it's time to focus on a verbal commitment.

"I really want to get it done before the season," he said. "If it comes earlier, it comes earlier. Time will tell."

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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