FORT WAYNE – Drue Tranquill wants to give Notre Dame an honest look.
The Carroll senior linebacker, who committed to Purdue on July 23, will visit Notre Dame on Saturday to explore the university’s academic options, the football team’s plans for him and talk to players about being part of the Irish program.
I’m committed to Purdue, but I’m honored by (Notre Dame’s) offer, so I want to give it a look, Tranquill said Monday. I was up (at Notre Dame) briefly for a camp, so I didn’t get that in-depth (look).
Tranquill had to leave an Irish camp in June to play in the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Football National Championship in Bradenton, Fla.
Tranquill received a scholarship offer from the Irish 10 days after announcing his commitment to Purdue. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder decided Notre Dame was a chance he couldn’t dismiss without a closer look.
I want to meet with the engineering department, to see what they have to offer on that side of things, said Tranquill, who had 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss and an interception last season for the Chargers. Secondly, it’s just going to be meeting with (defensive coordinator Bob Diaco) and really talking scheme. They’re really the only school that is recruiting me as a middle linebacker. I wanted to see if they see me really as a middle linebacker and where exactly I fit in their scheme, and really get to know Coach Diaco more.
And lastly, I want to meet up with (former Bishop Luers star and Irish freshman linebacker) Jaylon (Smith) and a couple of other guys, and just get a firsthand account of what their experience has been like at Notre Dame. A lot of times, the coaches can hype it up, but the players really give you a true testament of what they have experienced at the university and what you are really going to get when you go there.
Tranquill said the recruiting process has become hectic, and he has leaned on his family, friends, Carroll coach Doug Dinan and AWP Sports president Michael Ledo for advice through the process.
I’ve really been able to stay humble throughout this process and realize it is a business and recruiting is almost a game, Tranquill said.
This stuff is going to happen. You have to take it with a humble heart, and just understand that you are blessed to have this opportunity and not a lot of kids get to go through it. Who gets the chance to go out to different colleges, Purdue and Notre Dame, and visit for a day and get to be around prestigious programs and see stuff like that? It is just an awesome experience to go through.