Tranquill giving Notre Dame 'honest look'

Four-star linebacker Drue Tranquill remains committed to Purdue, but he hopes to give Notre Dame an "honest look" after the Fighting Irish extended an offer last week. Tranquill goes on the record with Boiler Sports Report.

Just two weeks ago, Drue Tranquill stood before family and friends and gave his verbal pledge to Purdue. But the four-star linebacker knows well that the recruiting doesn't end until that letter of intent is signed and sealed.

On Friday evening, Tranquill received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame—one that was months in the works. Now, the linebacker is giving the Fighting Irish an honest look.

"I'm just trying to handle it with a humble hand," Tranquill said. "I was ready to commit and Purdue was the best fit for me. It's the game of recruiting. Offers will continue to roll in [after a verbal commitment].

Tranquill still classifies himself as a verbal commit to Purdue, but he still plans to give Notre Dame a chance in his recruitment. His only time on campus in South Bend was during that June camp appearance, but he had to cancel the full tour due to travel obligations.

No visit at Notre Dame has been set, but Tranquill believes that will reveal whether it's a fit for him.

"I want to see what they have to offer," Tranquill said. "Hearing the academic side of things, getting around the players, and just seeing what they have to offer."

Purdue was the first major-conference offer for Tranquill, with coaches Marcus Freeman and Jafar Williams leading his recruitment. The Boilermakers offered Tranquill under the ‘Athlete' label, where he would play either linebacker or safety.

With Notre Dame, Tranquill would play middle linebacker in its 3-4 system. The Irish envision him as an athletic 240-pound ‘Mike' who can make plays over the middle. Notre Dame's Mike Elston, Tranquill's lead recruiter, has mentioned the name Manti Te'o in his sell to the program.

"They really want an athletic four [linebackers] right there," Tranquill said. "They want me playing at 240 [pounds] and moving around well. They're moving toward that athletic fit at linebacker."

Tranquill isn't reading into the fact that Notre Dame's offer came after his Purdue commitment, because the Irish intended to offer him well before then. Their interest began in January and picked up considerably after his appearance in camp.

Nothing has changed for Tranquill, who remains committed to be a Boilermaker. But a visit at Notre Dame could decide his future plans.

"I'm not going to rush anything," he said. "I've been through the process already and made a decision. I'm not going to be pressured into anything by another school. I'm going to go on my time and my family's time and see if it's a fit 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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