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Notre Dame, Purdue are among colleges interested in the Carroll junior

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 1:27 am

As Carroll senior Drue Tranquill continues to consider whether to stick with his Purdue verbal commitment or head to Notre Dame, brother Justin Tranquill is turning heads with top performances of his own on Friday nights.

The latest big night for Justin was last Friday against Columbia City when he scored four touchdowns and had another called back by a penalty. For the night, the junior running back rushed for 171 yards on just nine carries.

Couple that with two scores against Homestead in Week 7 and a 30-carry, 200-yard performance against Bellmont in Week 6 and it is understandable why the college interest has picked up for the 6-foot, 190-pounder.

“(Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Elston) was in to see me and Drue and he told me he sees me as BCS running back material,” Justin said. “He really liked me and said they were going to have a coaching meeting and discuss me, evaluate my film and start the recruiting process for me.”

Justin has been a tremendous driving force for the Chargers, who enter Week 9 averaging 46 points per game. The two-headed monster of the brothers Tranquill has accounted for five or more touchdowns each of the last three weeks, all of which have been blowout victories for Carroll.

Purdue linebackers coach and area recruiter Marcus Freeman spoke to Justin after the Homestead game, telling the junior he liked what he saw and that he was one of the first names brought up in the weekly staff meeting to discuss potential recruits.

“They told me the coaches all approved of me getting an offer,” Justin said. “They just have to run things by (coach Darrell Hazell).”

No new offers have come since Eastern Michigan and Toledo pulled the trigger a few months ago.

Other schools showing interest include Indiana, Michigan State and Cincinnati.

As close as Drue and Justin are, some would think that it would be natural the duo would want to play together at the next level. But that is not necessarily the case.

“It is like one of those things you think about as a kid, it being a dream to play with your brother,” Justin said. “At the same time … despite the emotions of playing with Drue, I have to make a decision for me and for the rest of my life.

“Obviously, it would be awesome to play with him at the same school, but when my time comes I will go wherever I feel the best fit.”