It’s not often when a college football recruit heading to a BCS school decides to decommit in order to head to a lower-level college, but that’s exactly what TyVel Jemison has done.
The Purdue commit has decided to not honor is signed National Letter of Intent to be a Boilermaker, and instead will play football at Division-II Grand Valley State. The decision was confirmed by Jemison’s high school football coach Kyle Lindsay who seemed confused as to why his star cornerback would change his mind.
“In all honesty, I’m not sure why the decision was made by Tyvel,” Lindsay said via text to the Journal Gazette out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. “As of a month ago, he was committed and excited to go attend Purdue.”
The loss of Jemison is a major blow to Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell’s first recruiting class after coming over from Kent State in December 2012 after taking the Golden Flashes to an 11-3 record, earning the Mid-American Conference’s Coach of the Year award.
The only recruit higher on the list than Jemison, according to Rivals.com, is quarterback Danny Etling. Jemison was the No. 52 ranked corner nationally — No. 10 in Indiana — this year.
It will be interesting for sure to hear Jemison’s reasoning for deciding to play for a school that is much lower on the national exposure scale.