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Tranquill brothers sharing recruiting experiences to the benefit of both

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Carroll standouts attracting lots of attention

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 5:43 am

When it comes to the recruiting process, Carroll junior Justin Tranquill does not have to look far for someone to give him advice.

After all, older brother Drue is working through the same things as he decides between Purdue and Notre Dame.

“I don't know what I would do without (Drue),” Justin said. “He has taught me a lot. He has the whole recruiting thing down, so I have problems or questions I can go to him.”

While Drue gets the attention as a senior, Justin is standing out in his own right for the 3-1 Chargers at running back and defensive back.

Eastern Michigan and Toledo have offered the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete. Other programs showing interest include Purdue, Indiana, Western Michigan, Minnesota and Michigan State.

Drue and Justin visited Toledo over the summer, and the school was the first to offer Justin.

Eastern Michigan offered recently, telling Justin it wanted to get a scholarship offer out before bigger schools got on him.

The brothers Tranquill took in the Purdue-Notre Dame game Saturday night in West Lafayette, giving both a good look at what the Boilermakers have to offer in a raucous atmosphere.

Justin would also like to get to Indiana and Michigan State sometime this season, with Vanderbilt also having invited him to a game.

“A lot of the schools I have visited have been for Drue really, but I am learning stuff as well,” Justin said. “Getting all these invitations to a game … it would be an honor to get to one of them.”

Justin stars on both sides of the ball for Class 6A No. 12 Carroll, leading to most colleges looking to recruit him as an athlete.

“A lot of coaches are saying I have skills to be a split end, safety, cornerback and running back, it just depends on the school,” Justin said. “They just want me as an athlete for now.”

He expects to take his time with the recruiting process, much like his older sibling.

“Me and Drue are super-close, so we have got to experience everything with recruiting together,” Justin said.