As far as his verbal commitment to Purdue last month? Tranquill is saying right now that “nothing has changed.”
Oh, and lastly, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive athlete is ready to put this recruiting saga behind him for awhile and focus on his season with the Chargers.
“I am just ready to play with my team starting Friday,” Tranquill said. “I am going to take my time with the decision between Purdue and Notre Dame. When the time is right, God is going to guide me to the right place.”
Tranquill took in an open practice on Saturday in South Bend and followed that up with meetings with the Notre Dame coaches and players. His favorite aspect of the visit was eating lunch with the players, which included former Bishop Luers High School athlete and current Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith.
“The players made me feel like family and were really accepting,” Tranquill said.
It has been a wild month for Tranquill, who committed to Purdue on July 23 then received a Notre Dame scholarship offer just over a week later. Since then, he has heard from fans of both teams, with Purdue fans questioning how he can entertain an offer after committing, while Notre Dame fans asked how he can possibly turn down a full ride from the Fighting Irish.
“It would not be a big deal if my decision was between two schools from different states,” Tranquill explained. “But it is Purdue and Notre Dame, both in Indiana. Everyone is throwing these emotional pitches at me, but I have help from family at home, at Carroll, and at AWP, who have mentored me and are helping to guide me.”
A lot of the talk surrounding this situation has centered on how Notre Dame could offer a committed prospect. However, those that question that need to understand that doing such is not a rare occurrence in this day of recruiting.
Tranquill did not take the delayed offer from the Fighting Irish as a shot at Purdue, as some fans have made it out to be.
“I really don’t buy into that,” Tranquill said. “Both Purdue and Notre Dame are Class-A universities. It was kind of bad timing based on when I wanted to commit and when it felt right (for Purdue), and that can get people confused like Notre Dame is shady. But that’s not the case.”
Tranquill plans on visiting both Purdue and Notre Dame again, perhaps heading to West Lafayette as soon as this weekend to have more interaction with the players.
He will also be there on Sept. 14 when the Boilermakers host the Irish.
In the end, Tranquill’s final decision will be announced when he is ready. In the meantime, he is going to enjoy his senior season and continue to battle his younger brother in games of NCAA Football ’13.
Which begs the question as to which team he is when playing the video game, Purdue or Notre Dame?
“I’m Auburn,” Tranquill said with a laugh.