Notre Dame football recruiting: Irish extend offer to Purdue recruit

South Bend Tribune

Ten days after he committed to the Purdue football program, Drue Tranquill received an offer from Notre Dame.

Tranquill, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect from Carroll High in Fort Wayne, projects as a linebacker at Notre Dame and could help the Irish in their search for inside linebackers in the 2014 class. He camped at Notre Dame in July, but an offer didn't come immediately after working out for the coaching staff.

That changed on Friday.

In a text message, Tranquill said he was honored to be offered by Notre Dame.

"Committed to Purdue, but my family and I will give an honest look to all my options in order to make the best decision," he wrote.

Tranquill trains with Athletes With Purpose out of Fort Wayne, the same group that has helped produce former Irish tight end Tyler Eifert and ND freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith. slates Tranquill as the No. 7 recruit in Indiana and the No. 34 safety in the 2014 class. ranks him as the ninth-best player in the state.

WR Andrews picks Oklahoma

A second Notre Dame target in the 2014 class from Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, Ariz., nixed the Irish for another program Friday.

Wide receiver Mark Andrews, a four-star prospect, Friday announced a verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Andrews teams with quarterback Kyle Allen, who chose Texas A&M over Notre Dame and others, in June.

An older brother at Oklahoma was one of a number of pluses that swayed Andrews to the Sooners.

“I love a lot of things about Oklahoma,” Andrews told the Arizona Republic. "(Coach) Bob Stoops is very important to me. He's very genuine, a real coach who loves his players. I see him being there for a while. That's a huge plus. I love the wide receivers coach, Jay Norvell. Everything there is amazing.” ranks the 6-6, 230-pound target as the No. 9 wide receiver and No. 75 overall prospect in the 2014 class. 247Sports slates Andrews as the No. 10 wide receiver and No. 71 overall.

Irish out of RB Mixon’s top 10

The recent recruiting success at the running back position for Notre Dame doesn’t appear to have Joe Mixon’s name in its future.

On Friday, the five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., released on Twitter a top 10 list of schools, and the Irish didn’t make the cut.

In the spring, the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Mixon had included the Irish in his top 16.

Mixon’s top 10 includes Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon State and Washington. In-state powers USC and UCLA were notable names left off his list.

247Sports slates Mixon as the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country and No. 12 overall. Rivals ranks him as the No. 4 running back and No. 15 overall.

Notre Dame and Purdue not only battle on the field, pictured, but on the recruiting trail as well.