Just a few months ago, Tranquill was but a blip on Purdue's recruiting board. It wasn't until his breakout performance at Purdue camp which earned him an offer. It took careful scouting to set up these cards. After that, Tranquill blew up in the Big Ten recruiting scene. The Boilermakers were one of the first in line.
After that, it took a strong recruiting push. Credit coaches Jafar Williams and Marcus Freeman for sealing the deal. They made him feel comfortable with Purdue, selling the program's promising future and its proximity to his Fort Wayne home. Their pitch, combined with a close relationship, all worked out in the end. The Boilermakers had to push hard for Tranquill, but it all paid off.
Wren takes in West Lafayette
After Purdue locked down Drue Tranquill last week, it may be on to another big-name recruit. Three-star defensive end Renell Wren has the Boilermakers as his leader and a decision could be coming soon, he said to Boiler Sports Report this weekend.
"When you go to a university and it feels like home, Purdue felt really good," Wren said of his Monday visit. "It sounds like they're going to do something really big up there."
Wren would be a steal. He's got great size—6-foot-6 and 239 pounds—and athleticism. There are other schools in the mix, of course. Memphis is right behind the Boilermakers, but Purdue is the team to beat.
Applefield is one to watch
Applefield doesn't have the elite size that Ward does, but he has quick feet that make up for that. His recruitment includes offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and more.
In a July interview, Applefield stated that Purdue is one of the schools showing the strongest interest. A decision is expected in the next month. This is certainly a story to follow.
A couple quick hitters
For the first time, three-star receiver commit Trae Hart will visit West Lafayette, coming in this weekend for the start of camp. Hart had stated several months back that he "would listen if other teams show interest," though he remains solid to Purdue. Some time on campus will only help lock in his commitment.
While on the topic of current commits, tackle Denzel Ward tweeted that he hopes to arrive on campus at 320 pounds. He currently stands at 6-foot-9. He will be a monster on the offensive line.