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Luers DB will not play for Purdue

Jemison’s reason for choosing Grand Valley State not known

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Ex-Bishop Luers cornerback TyVel Jemison signed to play at Purdue in February but has since decided to go to Grand Valley State.

– Former Bishop Luers cornerback TyVel Jemison, who signed a national letter of intent to play for Purdue, will instead head to Grand Valley State in Michigan.

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell confirmed the news in a short statement Wednesday.

“TyVel will not be joining the Purdue program in the fall,” Hazell said in the statement. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Knights coach Kyle Lindsay said he wasn’t sure of the details of Jemison’s choice. Jemison himself did not respond to multiple calls and texts Wednesday.

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

Jemison said so on signing day, when the cornerback signed with the Boilermakers on Feb. 6.

Jemison did have some academic issues to sort out in his final semester, but he was excited to begin life in West Lafayette. The staff had told him he had a chance to play early.

“I am ready to start my own tradition and my own legacy,” Jemison said Feb. 6. “It is amazing to play in Division I, and I’m happy to play in the Big Ten. I feel like it gave me the best opportunity to go and play college football and go there and start, that’s why I picked Purdue.”

Jemison made his commitment to Purdue official on Dec. 10.

If his decision to go to Grand Valley State, a Division II school in Allendale, Mich., was because he did not qualify academically at Purdue, then the letter of intent is null and void, and Jemison would be eligible to play immediately for the Lakers.

However, since Grand Valley State is a National Letter of Intent member institution, there would be a one-year penalty for Jemison if he chose to back out of the agreement without an academic or hardship cause.

Jemison had 85 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles in his final year with the Knights.

His skills in the open field made him a viable option for the Boilers as a return man also. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner also had 600 rushing yards and seven TDs.