Purdue the team to beat for Tranquill

Four-star linebacker Drue Tranquill will make his decision soon, and Purdue remains the team to beat. Tranquill discussed his final set of visits and updates his recruitment in this Boiler Sports Report story.

A decision is coming soon for four-star linebacker Drue Tranquill. He's set to visit Cincinnati this week, then Indiana and Purdue next week. After that, he'll be ready for a verbal pledge.

While Tranquill doesn't have his mind made up just yet, he is certainly leaning toward one school.

"I have a good idea [about the decision]," Tranqull said. "Obviously, Purdue has been my top school. Unless something jumps out, they're the one to beat."

Only a few things could change Purdue's place in the pecking order. His full tour at Cincinnati and Indiana will give each a chance to make up ground in the race. He also admitted a Notre Dame offer—which is possible this week—would make the decision a bit more difficult.

Michigan also has interest in the linebacker, but has filled its class with three—most recently adding Purdue target Noah Furbush—and head coach Brady Hoke isn't sure he'd like to add a fourth.

The coming weeks will decide whether the Bearcats and Hoosiers can top Purdue's offerings.

"When I go there, it's going to be the feeling I get," said Tranquill. "Is this somewhere I can call home for four years? I want to meet with the academic advisors and people in the program. If I get a different vibe, that could turn it.

"I obviously have a feeling for each university. Getting back is going to be critical."

Purdue has built up a lead for Tranquill with the program's new promise. New coach Darrell Hazell has helped create optimism around the Boilermakers' future.

While the Purdue coaches' word certainly is a strong sell, the Boilermakers' current class of 2014 commits have also been pushing Tranquill to join them.

"They're all excited and optimistic about what they can do with this program, about creating a legacy of their own," Tranquill said. "We could be a big changing class for the program."

Tranquill's greatest draw to Purdue is its coaching staff, especially linebackers coach Marcus Freeman. However, it's not certain that the linebacker prospect would play for Freeman's unit at Purdue. He has been recruited under the ‘Athlete' label and could play safety.

Boiler Sports Report will offer continued updates as Drue Tranquill zeroes in on a verbal commitment.

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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