Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers defensive back Tyvel Jemison had a standout spring and summer on the camp scene, but many college coaches were waiting to see how the three-star prospect performed in the classroom before extending scholarship offers.
In recent days, Jemison received word of his summer class performance and subsequently about his first BCS offer.
"I had bad grades during my freshman and sophomore year, but I did summer school and got two A's," Jemison said. "[Purdue] stuck with me and now they have offered me. This is really important. I'm real excited they stuck with me."
Purdue had been monitoring Jemison's athletic and academic progress for several months, and delivered the news to him on Wednesday that he had an offer.
"Coach [Donn] Landholm sent me a Facebook message and told me to call him because he had some great things for me from Purdue," Jemison said. "So, I called him and he just let me know that they were going to offer me. I was super excited because I have been working hard this whole summer."
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jemison had been previously offered by Toledo and several Division IAA schools. He had made several visits to Purdue in recent months, however, and has a strong affinity for the Boilermakers.
"We always talk about Purdue," Jemison said. "I know a couple people who went to Purdue before and I always wanted to go to Purdue. I hold them real high right now."
Jemison confirmed that Purdue currently leads for his services. He does not have any immediate plans to commit, but at the same time does not want to drag it out too long.
"It will be something that I will move on real quick," Jemison said. "I don't really have a timeframe right now. We plan on talking tomorrow about some stuff, but when I commit I want to be down there with the coaches."
Jemison is ranked as the No. 42 cornerback in the country and the No. 10 prospect in the state of Indiana. He will help Bishop Luers defend their Class 2A state title this fall.