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Wrong name, right choice for Tranquill

Pardon Carroll senior Drue Tranquill if he was a little excited in making his college football choice Tuesday at the school's multi-purpose room.

He announced he was committing to the "University of Purdue."

Although he meant to say "Purdue University," it is still the same place and he is intending on being a Boilermaker.

The crowd, including his younger brother and fellow Carroll football player Justin sitting right in front, erupted in approval and cheers after he made the choice known.

"I was Purdue as a place where I could grow as a man and as a player," Tranquill said.

Tranquill visited Purdue on Monday and Indiana on Tuesday. He also had an offer from Cincinnati.

"It was exciting but also difficult at the same time," Tranquill said of his visit to Bloomington on Tuesday. "Just going to IU and seeing what a great program they have. It kind of hurt me to make that decision, but I can't act on emotions. It is a business decision. It is not a 4-year decision when you go to college, but a 40-year decision. When I put everything into consideration, that's the route I chose."

Tranquill will play at either outside linebacker or safety for the Boilermakers.

But now, he will go about trying to take the Chargers past their 10-3 record and sectional championship of a year ago.

"All the media attention on me really took away from our success as a team, and I believe we have a lot of potential," Tranquill said. "I wanted to move forward and shift the attention toward the team."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.