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Jemison makes his play for a Purdue offer

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Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers defensive back Tyvel Jemison has been one of the hottest Midwest prospects on the camp scene this spring. He carries that momentum into the summer camp season, which started with a work out at Purdue on Thursday.
"I worked with Coach [Greg] Burns, the defensive backs coach. They were all watching and I did great," Jemison said. "We went to the indoor facilities and they were saying the turf made the times slower, but my best time was still a 4.57."
From a football standpoint, Purdue's feedback was all positive, but the three-star cornerback knows he has to take care of his business off the field as well before an opportunity to play for the Boilermakers can emerge.
"They said they want to offer me, but my freshmen and sophomore year I didn't take school serious," Jemison said. "Now I'm doing summer school and on-line classes so I can clear the Clearinghouse and be eligible."
Illinois is another school that has expressed similar interest and concerns, but Jemison is motivated to get that corrected in the coming months.
"Hopefully when my transcripts come out after this summer I can send it out to the Big Ten [schools] and close the deal," Jemison said.
Jemison was headed to Ball State's camp on Friday and also plans to attend the Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Detroit and Indiana's camp in the next week.
"I'll be at IU on Sunday," Jemison said. "I am going to stay overnight down there and stay for two days. I am going to be down there with [Bishop Luers alums] Kenny Mullen and Lawrence Barnett."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Jemison has excelled at both cornerback and safety this spring for his 7-on-7 team. He worked at cornerback for Purdue, but is open to playing either position in college.
"Some colleges are thinking about putting me at safety, but I have to put some size on me to play safety," Jemison said. "I can play either/or and have great hips and great feet."
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