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Carroll senior Drue Tranquill is running out of new things to learn about Notre Dame and Purdue, his two college finalists
But the Rivals.com three-star athlete had a new focus in his visit Saturday to South Bend for the USC game.
“My biggest thing this time was I wanted to get around some of the other commits,” said Tranquill, who currently is a soft verbal commitment to Purdue. “I have seen campus and talked to guys from around here like Jaylon Smith, but I hadn't been around the guys committed in my class.”
It was the biggest recruiting weekend of the season for the Fighting Irish, giving Tranquill plenty of company on the sidelines and giving him an opportunity to talk with them.
Tranquill says the visit was his last to South Bend before making a final decision.
He will now take in another Purdue home game when the Boilermakers host fourth-ranked Ohio State at noon Nov. 2.
“The biggest thing ... at Purdue will be the game-day atmosphere and see how (Purdue coach Darrell Hazell) interacts with the players,” Tranquill said. “I also want to be around the commits there as well.”
He has been debating whether to stick with the Boilermakers or flip to Notre Dame since before this season began. Seemingly every day is filling with the ebb and flow of making such a big decision.
“I have battled things back and forth,” Tranquill said. “Sometimes I will be like, 'Dang, I should be there' and then sometimes I say, 'Maybe I should be there.'
“I am on the fence, each school has positives and negatives.”
The one escape Tranquill has is on Friday nights, where he has dominated with brother Justin in recent weeks as Carroll heads into the playoffs on a four-game winning streak.
On the field, his college decision feels light-years away.
“It is awesome to finally get away and play with the guys I have grown up with and gotten to know,” Tranquill said. “My teammates are like brothers to me. Friday nights I get to go out and compete on the field with them.”
He hopes to make a final decision on his college future soon after his visit to Purdue.
“I have only been to one Purdue game day, so I would think a decision will follow shortly after (the visit),” Tranquill said. “I will just need to sort through some things.”