Top Fort Wayne football recruit Tranquill says he'll play for Notre Dame instead of Purdue

One of the state's best football players has decided to switch his commitment from Purdue to Notre Dame.

Drue Tranquill of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne had been committed to Purdue but became highly interested in Notre Dame once the Irish began pursuing him. On Tuesday, Tranquill chose the Irish.

"It's been a tough three months," Tranquill told out sister station WISE-TV in Fort Wayne. "I've been praying a lot about it, talking to my parents, my brother, Coach Dinan, Mike Ledo; and it's been extremely difficult, because both schools are great universities.

"I was in a situation where I was in a win win either way, a lot of people kept telling me that but In my heart I knew I was going to to end up disappointing someone in the end. But in the end when I made my decision I was able to find that peace."

Tranquill says he ecstatic to now be going to Notre Dame and follows in a long line of recent Fort Wayne standouts to head to South Bend including Tyler Eifert, John Goodman and Jaylon Smith.

Smith, currently a freshman at Notre Dame, and Tranquill are close friends.

"He's been a mentor in this whole process," Tranquill said of Smith, last year's Mr. Football in Indiana while playing at Bishop Luers. "Just on how to handle things--whether it would be media, attention from the school or just fans. He was a role model for me to look up to with how he's handled the attention. I'm just looking forward to the opportunity for us to play next to each other. It will be awesome to play next to a guy from Fort Wayne and a brother at linebacker."

Tranquill's decision won't be official until National Signing Day in February.

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