SOUTH BEND – If the Notre Dame football program sought to make a favorable impression on Carroll's All-Everything linebacker Drue Tranquill, it succeeded this morning.
On a picture-perfect morning on the vaunted campus, it was a day with Chamber of Commerce-like weather and the Golden Dome sparkled in the summer sunshine.
Tranquill walked into the Fighting Irish practice session with his family and a member of the Notre Dame football staff, as he soaked up the Irish defensive drills, which were also being viewed by hundreds of Notre Dame faculty, staff and family members spread out over three practice fields. For a practice session, there was a buzz in the air from the massive crowd.
Though relaxed this morning, the Carroll High School senior has a pressured situation to deal with soon.
After recently committing to play football at Purdue, the Fighting Irish swooped in and offered Tranquill a scholarship 10 days later.
“I'm honored by the offer,” Tranquill told The News-Sentinel recently. “It's a great school. I'll give them an honest look like I have with every other school that has offered me a scholarship. What 17-year-old kid wouldn't give Notre Dame a look? I'm committed to Purdue and Purdue is the best fit for me, but we'll see when I get down there.”
Notre Dame is considering the Tranquill as a linebacker. Purdue sees him as a “defensive athlete,” which means he could be safety or linebacker or a kind of hybrid mix.
“It is confusing,” he said. “You get everyone pulling you -- go here, go there. Ultimately, it's a business decision. It will be what's best for me and my family.”
It remains to be seen which school Tranquill will ultimately sign to play for, however, at least this morning, as he sauntered throughout the Irish practices, sporting a Notre Dame hat atop his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, he took in the impressive surroundings and looked anything but “confused.”
Bishop Dwenger High School graduate and Notre Dame sophomore defensive lineman Tony Springmann did not participate in Saturday's practice session.
He was sporting a large brace on his left knee and walked gingerly into the practice, but left after a short while and returned to the Guglielmino Athletics Complex.
More on this situation later at News-Sentinel.com.