Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll safety Drue Tranquill has picked up two offers from MAC schools in the last two weeks. Now, the interest from Big Ten programs is starting to increase.
"I've talked to Michigan State and Ohio State about getting out there soon," Tranquill said. "Then, I've also talked with Northwestern this past week and started hitting it off with them. They seem pretty interested."
At Michigan State, Tranquill has been communicating with assistant coach Dave Warner and is encouraged by the level of interest the Spartans have shown.
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"They are just looking forward to getting me and my family on campus, really showing us what they have to offer," Tranquill said. "They were talking that they would like to get me up to their spring game soon. They seem pretty interested, so we'll see."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Tranquill has also received strong feedback from Ohio State after the Buckeyes had a chance to watch his film.
"I get a couple letters a week at school from them," Tranquill said. "Their coach seemed pretty down to earth and a friendly guy. I got a good vibe from him."
Tranquill said he is also receiving several handwritten letters a week from Mississippi State and continues to hear from in-state programs Purdue and Indiana.
After a strong junior campaign that saw him register 60 solo tackles, two interceptions and seven forced fumbles, Tranquill had to wait until late March to receive his first offer, and it came from the Toledo Rockets.
"It was a huge relief," Tranquill said. "All the hard work I put in paid off with that first one, so it just lifted a burden off my shoulders."
Tranquill followed up the offer from Toledo with a visit to their campus on Thursday.
"The visit was really nice," he said. "The coaching staff was tremendous and I really got along with them, meshed well with them. The campus was nice and new, so I really enjoyed my time over there."
Immediately following the visit to Toledo, Tranquill drove down to Bowling Green for an unofficial visit and promptly added his second offer of the process from the Falcons.