Monday, June 24, 2013
LB Tranquill on 'brink' of major offers
By Jared Shanker
No matter the camp, combine or 7-on-7 tournament, one name always among those mentioned when talking about which prospects impressed most is Drue Tranquill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll). For several months, however, it never led to a single scholarship offer.
That began changing this June, and now Tranquill has 11 offers including four from BCS schools. His biggest offers could be just on the horizon, though.
Tranquill, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound outside linebacker, camped at Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame the last few weeks, and coaches from some of the schools also watched him at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Detroit this month. Tranquill said each of the schools were thoroughly impressed with him and are “all on the brink” of offering.
Michigan could be the first to extend an offer to Tranquill, who also is being looked at as a safety. He could talk with the Wolverines coaches as early as Monday night.
“They said they had a coaches’ meeting today, and he’d [assistant Curt Mallory] be shocked if they didn’t offer me,” Tranquill said. “I’m what they’re looking for to finish off the 2014 class. A lot of the schools are impressed with how I can move. The big thing was my speed and athleticism in space and being able to be physical enough in the box and defend the run.”
Notre Dame, like Michigan, is also showing significant interest in Tranquill, although the Fighting Irish staff likes him as a safety. Recruiter Mike Elston told him he could know about an offer sometime over the next two weeks and would be sure to keep him in the loop.
Elston and the staff were thoroughly impressed with Tranquill at the camp, which he believes confirmed some of the attributes Elston originally saw in him on film.
“He’s been impressed with me since day one,” Tranquill said. “He thinks I’m the best defensive player in the state and loves my film and tenacity and wanted to get me in front of the coaches to show them what they might not have seen on film. I’ve been able to fine tune my craft this offseason. I showed my hip movement in space.”
A decision likely will come at the beginning of August, and he hopes Michigan or Notre Dame offers before then. Of the schools to already extend him a scholarship, Cincinnati and Purdue are out front. The Boilermakers might have a slight lead for Tranquill.
“The new coaching staff is great. Coach [Darrell] Hazell is a great guy, and Coach [Marcus] Freeman, the linebackers coach, played at Ohio State,” Tranquill said. “I like the atmosphere. It’s a place I can spend four years at. I think it’s a program definitely on the rise and one to watch in the upcoming year.”