When Jylton Tusha originally committed to Purdue on June 27, Darrell Hazell was head coach of the Boilermakers.
But following the firing of Hazell earlier this season, the University Christian (Jacksonville, FL) offensive lineman was left maintaining his verbal pledge to a new head coach, Gerad Parker, who was promoted to an interim role on Oct. 16.
“It doesn’t affect the commitment,” Tusha said. “I still love the school. Coach Parker is an awesome guy that I trust.”
On Wednesday, Tusha received an in-school visit from Parker and co-defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Marcus Freeman.
“It went really well,” said the senior, who is projected to play guard or tackle along the offensive line at the next level. “We basically just talked official visits, home visits and just normal convos.”
And when does Tusha plan to make that official trip to West Lafayette?
The 2017 prospect was first offered a scholarship from Purdue on May 20 and currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, UMass, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, Ohio, Southern Miss and Towson.
“They showed me a lot of interest,” Tusha said of the Boilermakers. “Big Ten, great academics, great playing environment and new football facilities. It felt like the right fit for me.”