Tarrion Grant, a top 50 overall ranked player nationally in the class of 2025 has committed to the Purdue Boilermakers over a slew of national powers and becomes the gem of Ryan Walters’ early tenure as head coach. The 6’3 180 pound cornerback out of Siegel High School in Mufreesboro, Tennessee fielded offers from all over the country but named Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), LSU, and Arkansas also in his top 10 back in June of 2023. Grant would become the highest rated player recruited to Purdue since Selwyn Lymon in the class of 2005 and would be just ahead of Doug van Dyke (who never qualified academically and never played a down of college football).
According to 247 Sports, Grant is the 6th rated cornerback in the entire country in the 2025 class but may be considering reclassifying to the 2024 class. Originally, he reclassified to 2025 as he is a year younger than others in his senior class but as his development continued to improve he has reconsidered that process. In an August 2023 article from ‘The Daily News Journal,’ Siegel High School Coach Adam Renshaw said, “The door is wide open, however he wants to handle that. The thing that people don’t understand about Tarrion is that he’s very young. He’s just now getting his driver’s license. He’s a year younger than a lot of the seniors he’s playing with. That was the original reason. I see the logic in it.”
This decision likely played into the hands of the Boilermakers who still have space to take a reclassified player and have an immediate need for playmakers at the cornerback position. With the exits of Zion Steptoe, Cam Allen, Braxton Myers, Zion Gunn, Marquis Wilson and really limited known commodities for starters at the position, Grant may get the opportunities to step onto the field early on and grab a starting role. He’ll have Makevious Brown, Derrick Rogers Jr., and Botros Alisando to compete with who have playing experience along with 2024 recruits Earl Kulp and Hidauri Hines. The biggest hurdles to playing time may end up being the two transfer corners that Walters recently brought in with Kyndrich Breedlove (Colorado) and Nyland Green (Georgia), both well regarded at their positions in high school (Green was a former 5 star and top 20 national recruit out of high school).
A position of weakness for the Boilers last season may have suddenly become one of the deepest on the roster after the position struggled to play man to man defense well enough to slow down moderately successful passing attacks. There will be no shortage of options for Ryan Walters and this many high level players allows him to reach more into the scheme of his defensive concepts more in year two.
Tarrion Grant Senior Season HUDL Highlights