Nov 19, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT
Notre Dame received the commitment of Indiana athlete Drue Tranquill, locking in an key defensive recruit for the upcoming signing class. The one-time Purdue commitment stepped away from his pledge to the Boilermakers and decided to spend his next four years in South Bend.
Tranquill’s flip seemed to be a long time coming, with Notre Dame offering the Fort Wayne native just after he committed to new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell. Targeted by the Irish staff as a much needed inside linebacker, Tranquill weighed the pros and cons of making a position switch from safety while considering the two schools.
Tranquill sent out a text to members of the media about the decision making process. Per multiple reports on the internet, here is the message:
“Man this was the hardest decision Ive made in my life, so much respect for both programs! I’ve decided to play my next 4 years at the University of Notre Dame! I have so much respect for Coach Hazell I’ve never met someone with such high character. However, I’m ecstatic to go play for coach Kelly at the university of Notre Dame! Go Irish!”
In addition to Purdue, Tranquill had offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin among others. He’s somewhat of an out of profile recruit if the Irish are looking at him playing inside linebacker, where he’ll need to add considerable heft to his 215-pound frame.
But the athleticism and speed are there, with Tranquill mentioning via Twitter that he ran two sub 4.5 forty times as he kicked off his offseason training.
Tranquill talked exclusively with ABC-21 in Fort Wayne about the decision, which you can view here.
Tranquill’s commitment pushes the ’14 recruiting class to 18 members.