Purdue loses a top member of its 2013 recruiting class

Purdue loses a top member of its 2013 recruiting class

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the highest-rated recruits in Darrell Hazell’s first recruiting class has decided not to play at Purdue.

jemisonTyVel Jemison, a cornerback from Bishop Luers High in Fort Wayne, Ind., will instead enroll at D-II Grand Valley State.

“TyVel will not be joining the Purdue program in the fall. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Hazell said in a statementto the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

The announcement confirmed recent speculation that Jemison would not play for the Boilermakers.

Jemison was the first player defensive backs coach Jon Heacock when he started the job in January. He had academic issues that were known prior to Signing Day, but Hazell allowed him to join the class.

A 3-star recruit, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jemison was the second-highest rated recruit in the 23-member class signed in February behind 4-star quarterback Danny Etling.

Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette thet he was surprised by the decision.

“In all honesty, I’m not sure why the decision was made by TyVel,” Lindsay told the paper via text message. “As of a month ago, he was committed and excited to go attend Purdue.”

If Jemison decided to go to Grand Valley State because he did not qualify academically at Purdue, his letter of intent is void and he would be eligible to play immediately for the Lakers.

Jemison totaled 85 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Photo: Cathie Rowand/Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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