Three-star cornerback/safety Tyvel Jemison held just one offer before yesterday evening, and that offer came from Toledo. On Wednesday evening, the top 15 recruit in the state of Indiana received his first BCS offer from Purdue, and it is the offer that Jemison was seeking. They are the leaders in his recruitment, and he said that he will commit once his grades improve. The 2013 Fort Wayne DB will likely commit to Purdue in the fall, as they are the clear favorite at this point.
It is surprising that it took this long for Tyvel Jemison to garner a second offer, let alone his first offer from a BCS school. He is a BCS-level prospect with 67 tackles, eight for a loss, and three fumbles forced last season for Bishop Luers.
Jemison has also received interest from Ball State, Indiana, and Bowling Green. The Boilermakers are the leaders in his recruitment, and he is expected to revisit the school in the fall. The three-star safety (he projects better there with his ability in run support) visited Purdue in April and camped there in early June. Tyvel Jemison also camped at Ball State and Indiana around that same time.
The 5’10”, 170 pound DB has the size of a corner and can cover, but he tackles and has the nose for the ball like a safety. Wherever he plays depends on the scheme, and I think he ends up being a free safety for Purdue so that he can best utilize his tackling. The Bishop Luers star also returned punts and kickoffs and can play running back (not a legitimate prospect at RB).
Tyvel Jemison has great range in the defensive backfield with his speed, and he does a good job of anticipating the pass before picking it off. His speed and open-field ability are dangerous and easy to spot on tape, and Jemison is certainly capable of taking it to the house for a pick six once he gets his hands on the ball and has adequate space. When I watch Jemsion, I see a guy who is better in zone coverage than man coverage and has the ability to watch the play and the range that you want in a free safety. To me, that’s where he should be playing for Purdue.