It is exciting for anybody to get a first offer, especially as a sophomore, but Justin Tranquill is even more grateful than most, because he watched his brother Drue wait and wait before a recent flood of offers. With that in mind, this week's Toledo offer strikes even more of a chord with him.
"Being a sophomore and getting the first offer, I'm pretty pumped about that," the 5'11, 175-pound Tranquill says. "I just feel like getting my first offer is just going to allow me to get more opportunities, because my brother, he didn't get one until his junior year, so me getting one my sophomore year is truly exciting for me."
The Rockets were also the first offer to Drue, and the two will visit together soon as their traveling 7 on 7 team will play in a tournament there.
"My brother went down there for a visit and he really enjoyed it, but I haven't been able to go yet because I've been in track season so far, but I'm going up there June 1st or 7th, I believe, with the rest of our AWP team."
With legitimate 4.4 speed, Tranquill could project to a couple of different positions. The Rockets have left it open ended.
"I was talking to them and he said that, at first, they would have my brother at safety because that's where he's playing right now and then they were going to try to bulk him up and move him to outside linebacker and they said since I'm more athletic, that I could either play safety for them or they could play me at running back or at slot, wherever they would need me."
As for additional schools he is hearing from, Tranquill says, "I've gotten mail from Michigan State, Indiana, and I met the Northwestern coach whenever they came in to see Drue and also the Bowling Green coach whenever they came in to see Drue as well."
AWP CEO Mike Ledo will be helping the Tranquills get around to different camps next month and they will also hit a few on their own.
"A lot of it's going to be with our AWP team because Mike has got a lot of one day camps set up for us and we're not 100% sure where all of those are, but I'm just guessing it's like the Big Ten schools around this area and stuff like that because he wants us to get a lot of exposure, so will be going to a lot of one-day camps around here and then I know that me and Drue, individually, he wants to get up to like Purdue, Michigan, and Northwestern because they have good engineering programs and he'd be interested in those schools for that. And this year, since it's a big year for him, I'm just going to be tagging along."
While a decision is a long way off, Justin says playing with his brother in college has been something that has been on their minds for a long time.
"Definitely. Since we were younger kids, I've always thought about that and how cool it would be to play with Drue all the way up to college. It all depends, really on what our best opportunity is for us and how things will play out because I know we aren't pursuing the same thing in college, but if we both find a school where we both find something we're interested in and then play ball, I think that would be a good possibility for us."