Carrol (Fort Wayne, IN)
Measurables: 6-2, 210
Accolades: Indiana Top 50, first-team All-State 6A, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year, 3-Star
Impressive Offers: Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, Minnesota
Projected Position: Safety
Quick Take: Tranquill was a commit to Purdue until Notre Dame came calling. At first, he was being looked at as a convert to inside linebacker, but it appears he’ll stick at safety, a big body and athletic guy that will enter a competitive depth chart.
The perfect RKG both on and off the field, Tranquill is a program guy with leadership skills.
What he means to Irish: Tranquill is part of locking down Indiana, a recent surge after years of all but ignoring prospects from in-state. He’s a great all-around football player that will be competing with some elite athletes on defense.
We’ll see quickly if he’s that type of player or if he makes his mark more on special teams, but a great program recruit and another key piece from Fort Wayne.
Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Here’s Tranquill’s UND.com video. Nicely done by Tranquill, who is wearing his trademark urban camo bandana.
With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.
College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.
Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.
Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.
Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:
“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”