Recruiting Roundup: It's almost time

As Drue Tranquill readies for a decision, Purdue prepares to extend some new offers. Boiler Sports Report offers the latest in Purdue's recruiting efforts.

It's almost time for Tranquill

It's the recruiting saga we've all been waiting to end, and the finish line is finally near. Four-star linebacker Drue Tranquill is almost set to make his pick between Purdue and Notre Dame.

Tranquill spent the weekend in South Bend, seeing the Fighting Irish beat arch rival USC in front of a sold-out, primetime crowd. The experience set the bar high.

"The biggest thing this time was the relationships I was able to form," Tranquill told national analyst Allen Trieu. "I was able to get around there commits and get around some guys on their team and see what my potential family would be like."

Purdue will get the last say in this story, with Tranquill visiting West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' Nov. 2 contest with Ohio State. The atmosphere should be raucous at Ross-Ade Stadium, but it will undoubtedly be a tough game for Purdue. Regardless of the outcome, Tranquill knows it's a rebuilding program and the closeness with the players, coaches and commits is what has set the Boilermakers apart.

Notre Dame has made its case for Tranquill, but Purdue can try to close out this recruitment strong. My feeling is that the Irish will be tough to beat.

Offer out to junior wideout

Chicago-area receiver Cameron Green admitted his Tuesday offer from Purdue came as a pleasant surprise. The Stevenson (Ill.) High School standout had been in contact with the Boilermaker coaches, but was not sure the interest was mutual.

"I was surprised because I didn't see it coming even though I have talked to the coaches before," Green said to reporter Beth Long. "I wasn't sure just how interested they are in me."

It's safe to say that things worked well for Green. Purdue became his third scholarship offer, joining Illinois and Toledo. What the Boilermakers do offer that the others can't is a prestigious engineering program.

"They have a great engineering program academically and that's big for me since I would like to major in engineering," Green said. "And also they are a good football team in the Big Ten so that is a great combination for me."

Purdue will continue to keep after this rising name in the class of 2015.

If you can't beat ‘em…

The Boilermakers' season-opener at Cincinnati still remains a painful blow for the program. The Darrell Hazell era started with a total thud. But even despite the scoreboard, Purdue remains a prestigious Big Ten program. Its offer to Bearcat commit Spencer Williams could offer some intrigue.

Coach Hazell hasn't shied away from attempting to poach committed prospects, and Williams, a standout at Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coach High School, is the latest. When the offer first came in on Tuesday, Williams tweeted out his excitement.

Williams first told reporter Patrick Burnham that he is still committed to Cincinnati, but also admitted he is "still keeping [his] options open" in the recruiting process.

What about Butler?

With the Boilermakers' bye week in full swing, the coaching staff is out on the recruiting road. One of the prospects who received a visit was Wheaton St. Francis (Ill.) running back James Butler, who received a pop-in from Purdue assistant Rubin Carter.

The case of Butler is an intriguing one. He's a talented running back who's ripping apart high-level competition, but the interest hasn't turned into offers. Purdue remains committed to landing Cincinnati tailback Ashton Jackson, but Butler is an excellent plan, too. An offer could soon be coming for Butler, but the waiting game drags on.

One to watch

The name Dre Brown is one you may not know just yet, but you sure will soon. The DeKalb (Ill.) junior running back has become one of the top prospects in the state of Illinois. Brown's offer list is brief: Illinois, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Toledo. Soon, he'll begin to blow up.

In his junior season, Brown has dominated the competition, routinely posting big numbers. He's living up to all the early hype, and it's only the beginning.

Brown visited Purdue for its September contest with the hometown NIU Huskies, getting his first full look at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers' interest appears to be strong, and an offer could be coming soon. Purdue would be wise to jump in before it's too late.

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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