Recruiting Roundup: The waiting game

Purdue may be close to landing a pair of prospects. In this week's Boiler Sports Report recruiting roundup notebook, a detailed look at the latest headlines in Purdue's recruiting efforts.

Almost time for Tranquill

The stage is set for Drue Tranquill's verbal commitment. The four-star linebacker will visit Cincinnati this week, then Indiana and Purdue next week. His college decision will come shortly after.

The way it's set, Purdue is the team to beat. The stops in Cincinnati and Bloomington will offer the two programs a chance to top the Boilermakers' offer, but the visit in West Lafayette could be the one that seals the deal.

"When I go there, it's going to be the feeling I get," Tranquill said to Boiler Sports Report this week. "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."

Purdue coach Marcus Freeman has done a great job leading Tranquill's recruitment and he has the Boilermakers sitting pretty with the in-state standout. It all could pay off very soon.

Carovillano is close

All signs show Drue Tranquill as a likely Boilermaker commit, and it could happen soon. However, someone may beat him to becoming Purdue's eighth verbal pledge. We're on ‘Commitment Watch' again, as three-star defensive lineman Nick Carovillano told Scout.com yesterday that his decision could come this week. His two leaders are Purdue and Indiana.

Carovillano just recently visited with Purdue and left with a strong impression of the program.

"It increased my interest a lot more than I thought it would," Carovillano said of the visit. "They're at the top of my list, along with Indiana."

Boiler Sports Report will have the news with Carovillano's decision is in.

Another option at tight end

Purdue's recruiting at the tight end position has not gone as the new coaching staff would have hoped. The Boilermakers have come close, but missed out with a handful of their top tight end names. Their new prize is New Jersey native Mike Gesicki. However, they're going to have a tough time beating out the long list of opponents in his recruitment.

Another name to watch is that of under-recruited tight end Jordan Riggs, an athletic two-way standout for Springboro (OH) High School. His recruitment has seen offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Massachusetts and Ohio, but Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and others have kept him on the recruiting board.

Riggs' contact with Purdue has just begun. As he put it, "We'll have to see what happens in the future."

Pickett is a prize

The good news for Purdue is that it's one of the current favorites for four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett. The bad news is that there are 12 other favorites in the mix. Still, it's very encouraging for the Boilermakers to be a part of the mix.

Purdue has offered several draws to Pickett—early playing time being one of the most important factors—but his relationship with coach Marcus Freeman stands out above all other influences. The two have built a close relationship.

"It's really cool; we joke around but also get really serious—just talking about life," Pickett said. "I feel like I can go to him and talk about everything."

Ohio linebacker looking to visit

Davonte James, a linebacker from Springfield, Ohio, is looking to visit Purdue in the coming weeks. With a decision expected before the end of August, this trip to West Lafayette will be critical in his recruitment.

Thus far, James has added offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Purdue and West Virginia. The Boilermakers appear to have a solid shot in this recruitment and this campus tour could pay dividends.

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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