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Last updated: Wed. Jan. 29, 2014 - 01:36 am EDT

Notre Dame recruit profile: Drue Tranquill

Carroll product brings enormous athleticism to Fighting Irish defense

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The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

Here is today's Notre Dame featured commit:

DRUE TRANQUILL

Position: Safety

High School: Carroll High School in Fort Wayne

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 205 pounds

Commitment date: November 19, 2013

Other scholarship offers: 10, including Cincinnati, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Ranking: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No. 6 player in the state of Indiana and the No. 32 safety in the country; rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 14 outside linebacker in the country.

Notre Dame depth chart at position: Senior Austin Collinsworth, junior Elijah Shumate, junior Matthias Farley, junior Eilar Hardy, sophomore Nicky Baratti, sophomore Max Redfield, sophomore John Turner.

Scouting report: One of the most instinctive defenders in this cycle, Tranquill always appears to be in the right place in the right time defensively and showcased his incredible field vision as a running back for the Carroll offense. Tranquill is going to succeed wherever Notre Dame puts him simply because his athleticism and intelligence will help him adjust to the position. If he stays at his current size, Tranquill will no doubt be a safety, but there is an outside chance that the Fighting Irish bulk him up enough to where he can play an outside linebacker position. From his career at Carroll, arguably his best shot at success is at safety in sort of a Zeke Motta role, intelligent enough to lead the defense and athletic enough to play the deep field or help against the run. Tranquill needs to get bigger to be able to take on physical blockers, but that comes with being on a college campus for a significant amount of time.

jkenny@news-sentinel.com


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