Notre Dame secured a verbal commitment from Rivals three-star athlete Drue Tranquill Tuesday, with the Fort Wayne, Ind. native beaching the 18th member of Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class.
Tranquill profiles either as a safety or linebacker. Given relatively strong projected depth at safety and thin depth at linebacker in 2014 and beyond, though, the early bet would be on him winding up at linebacker.
Tranquill originally committed to Purdue, and said via Irish Illustrated deciding between Darrell Hazell's Boilermakers and Notre Dame was "the hardest decision of my life."
Fellow Fort Wayne native Jaylon Smith tweeted Tuesday night: "Congrats to my lil bro @d_TraNquill For Making the best decision for HIM!"
Adding Tranquill bumps Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class into the Rivals top 10, one spot behind Kentucky and one ahead of Texas. Unsurprisingly, the Rivals top 25 class rankings are dominated by SEC teams: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Georgia, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 13 Ole Miss, No. 14 Florida, No. 15 LSU, No. 17 Auburn and No. 21 Vanderbilt all have secured excellent commitments so far.
Notre Dame has commitments from one five-star player, 10 four-star players and seven three-star players. With two and a half months until signing day, plenty can change (for both good and bad), but Brian Kelly's staff is on track to pull in another top-ranked recruiting class in February.