Drue Tranquill's decision to back away from his commitment from Purdue to join Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class was a good pick up for the Irish, according to 247Sports national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong.
Tranquill had committed to the Boilermakers on July 23, but he reconsidered his options after Notre Dame offered him a scholarship 10 days after making his pledge to Purdue.
"He's an upgrade athletically for Notre Dame when you talk about the linebackers they currently have on the roster, outside of (freshman and former Bishop Luers star) Jaylon Smith," Wiltfong said. "Drue Tranquill is a kid that can run 4.5, 4.4 at 215 to 220 pounds. He's a 4.1 shuttle kid. He's going to be tough to redshirt, because he will be able to give Notre Dame an impact on special teams right away in the coverage units with his size and ability to run and tackle."
Tranquill helped Carroll to a 9-3 record this season. The Chargers' season ended with a 38-7 loss to Carmel in the Class 6A regional Nov. 8.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Tranquill had 75 tackles with 16 for loss, four sacks and an interception this season. He also ran for 1,420 yards with 28 touchdowns and had 16 receptions for 348 yards with five touchdowns.
"He's a guy that Notre Dame recruited as a defensive athlete," Wiltfong said. "He could grow into an inside linebacker and get to 235 pounds and not lose any athleticism playing at the weight. He also comes in kind of in that (former Irish safety) Zeke Motta mold right now. I think that is a good comparison. Obviously, Zeke was one of Notre Dame's best players and got drafted, so that tells you the type of upside that Drue has."
Tranquill is the 18th member of Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class, and he is the second player from Indiana to commit to the Irish, joining receiver Justin Brent of Speedway.
"A good get for Notre Dame," Wiltfong said. "Notre Dame doesn't have the largest backyard to recruit from, so they offered two in-state kids and they got them both now. That's big as well."