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Carroll standout makes official visit

Tranquill

– Drue Tranquill left his visit at Notre Dame on Saturday with plenty to think about.

The Carroll linebacker, who committed to Purdue on July 23 only to receive a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on Aug. 2, said he still intends to play for the Boilermakers, for now.

“I got a lot of information presented to me, and I’m going to have to talk it over with my family,” Tranquill said in a phone interview shortly after his visit to the campus with his parents and girlfriend.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on (a final decision). I’m not going to put that added pressure on me. It’s a lot to handle on top of your senior season. I only get to go through my senior season once, so that is my primary focus right now. Obviously, I’m going to talk it over with my parents and close family friends. But I’m not going to put a timetable on it. I’m definitely still committed to Purdue.”

Tranquill, who is rated a three-star prospect by numerous recruiting sites, said he was able to get clarity on why the Irish envision him as a middle linebacker when he met with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and defensive line coach Mike Elston. Purdue recruited Tranquill as a defensive athlete and could use him at outside linebacker or safety.

“They definitely see me in the middle spot,” Tranquill said of Notre Dame. “They said I’m a profile middle linebacker for them. They said they like to bring in developmental guys that they turn into a product.

“Obviously, weight-wise, I’m a little smaller, but their weight coach (Paul Longo) says he sees me being 235, 240, no problem. When you look at that, that runs right along with the linebackers they’ve recently had. … They were able to explain that a little more to me and made me feel a little more comfortable with the idea of possibly playing middle linebacker.”

Along with taking in Notre Dame’s practice and meeting with defensive coaches before and after the session, Tranquill talked with an academic adviser and went to lunch with freshmen linebackers Jaylon Smith, a Bishop Luers graduate, and Michael Deebs along with junior linebacker Joe Schmidt.

“It was just a great overall visit,” Tranquill said. “I got a lot answered and kind of got to see everything they have to offer, whether it was academics, football, team camaraderie, the campus itself, just everything was great. Throughout the day there was just this theme of expectations of excellence. It was just notable in basically everything.”

Tuitt is fine

Brian Kelly said there is nothing to worry about even though 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end Stephon Tuitt appears to being carry some extra fat right now.

“Look, the kid had a hernia operation,” Kelly said. “He couldn’t do core exercises for over 3 1/2 months. We had to change his whole summer workout.”

tkrausz@jg.net

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