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Drue Tranquill connects with Notre Dame commits, players

Carroll linebacker Drue Tranquill accomplished his final goal of gathering information about Notre Dame.

The Purdue commitment, who also has an offer to play for the Irish, attended Notre Dame's 14-10 home win over USC on Saturday night with the mission to build relationships with other recruits and current players.

Tranquill said he talked a lot with quarterback DeShone Kizer, who is committed to Notre Dame, Irish running back Cam McDaniel and linebacker Jaylon Smith – a Bishop Luers graduate who also trained with Tranquill at AWP Sports – and Allen Lazard, an Iowa State commitment who also is exploring an offer from Notre Dame.

"The biggest question was would I like the commits there?" Tranquill said. "I got to go down to Purdue and get to know the eight guys that are committed there (when he attended the Boilermakers' home game against Notre Dame on Sept. 14). My biggest question going down this time was what are the guys like that are committed here? … It was overall a very good trip."

Two of the most important connections Tranquill made Saturday night was with McDaniel, who is a Christian like the three-star Carroll senior, and Lazard, whose recruiting process is similar to Tranquill's.

McDaniel, whose father is a pastor, told Tranquill about how the team meets on Thursdays to talk about their Christian faith and the 30-minute Catholic Masses the team attends the Friday's before games.

"He walked me through that and just basically life at Notre Dame," Tranquill said. "That was really huge for me to hear from a junior, an upperclassman. That was just a really cool experience to hear that. He basically talked about how it is not shoved down your throat or anything. Individuality is fine there."

Tranquill said Allen shared what his recruiting has been like as a player already committed to another university.

"Iowa State is his dad's alma mater," Tranquill said. "He has ties there, and he feels he can be the hometown hero there. It's 45 minutes from his house. He loves the coaching staff there. It is kind of similar to me with Purdue. … He has opened things up like I have to kind of look at Notre Dame because of the great opportunity it presents."

Tranquill said he will go to Purdue on Saturday for the Boilers' home game against Ohio State, and after that, a final decision could come soon.

"I'm starting to feel that questions are being answered, doors are being opened, doors are being closed," Tranquill said. "I wouldn't be surprised if a decision was to come out in the next two or three weeks."