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Carroll star’s choice will come after season


Purdue and Notre Dame have to wait until Carroll’s season ends to get final word from senior Drue Tranquill on where he plans to play his college football.

On the plus side for all parties, that final commitment will come shortly after the Chargers wrap up postseason play.

“I’ve been praying about it for two or three months, since Notre Dame offered and I started checking them out,” said Tranquill, who got an offer from the Irish just days after committing to Purdue. “It’s been an extremely difficult process, just dealing with the controversy. People saying go here, go there, and there’s always some comments about how I’m not handling it the right way.”

The process should come to a close soon, though. Tranquill, who visited West Lafayette on Saturday, said he plans to make a decision as soon as possible after his season ends.

Tranquill, along with New Haven wide receiver Jordan Hogue, visited Purdue for its game against Ohio State. The visit was one of many for the do-it-all player from Carroll, who said this trip was more about developing the relationships he’s established with the Boilermakers.

“I’ve seen everything I need to see,” Tranquill said. “I really like the commits down at Purdue. … Those guys are awesome.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety and linebacker prospect could also be swayed by another recruit: his brother, Justin a running back prospect. Both Purdue and Notre Dame are recruiting him, and the Boilermakers might have a slight edge.

“Justin’s got a lot better opportunity to play at Purdue,” Drue Tranquill said of his brother, a 2015 prospect. “That’s a big pro, being able to play with him maybe. Not to say he won’t go to Notre Dame, but they’re pretty stacked at running back right now.”

And there’s still plenty left to sort out, whether the Chargers beat Carmel on Friday for the regional championship.

“It’s been a stressful process,” Drue Tranquill said, “but I’m blessed to be able to go through it.”