Carroll HS product Drue Tranquill to return to Notre Dame for fifth year

Notre Dame linebacker and Carroll High School product Drue Tranquill announced Friday he will return next season. (Associated Press file photo)

Drue Tranquill will return to Notre Dame.

The former Carroll Chargers standout announced at Notre Dame’s annual ‘The Echoes’ awards banquet on Friday that he will be back for his fifth and final year of eligibility in 2018.

There was some rumor that Tranquill would forego his fifth year and head to the pros. It has been the Fort Wayne native’s dream to play in the NFL.

But first things first.

“I kind of wanted to put that to rest now,” said Tranquill on Friday about the NFL talk. “I’m going to be coming back home for my fifth year.”

Tranquill is third on the team in total tackles through the regular season with 74, while also amassing 8.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, 1.5 sacks and an interception. He has fit perfectly into defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s ‘Rover’ position, a hybrid outside linebacker/safety that accentuates Tranquill’s skill set.

He will return in 2018 as one of the top playmakers on a defense that made tremendous strides under the tutelage of Elko in the assistant’s first year in South Bend.

Tranquill had recently put off talk of his future, instead choosing to focus on closing out the season on a strong note.

“What I’ve been through at Notre Dame,” said Tranquill recently. “just with having two knee injuries and kind of everything I’ve gone through, to just go out of that tunnel and walk out on that field is a special moment each and every opportunity. Because whether it’s a decision to leave or whether it’s a decision to do something else, or whether it’s an injury, you never know when your last snap is.”

For Tranquill, he hasn’t taken part in his last snap at Notre Dame quite yet.