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Report: FSU lands transfer linebacker Cornel Jones from Purdue

Defensive depth up the middle.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Vanderbilt at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Florida State’s new staff continues to amass new talent, this time in the form of a transfer from Purdue, inside linebacker Cornel Jones (per a report from Noles 247).

Jones’ move from West Lafayette to Tallahassee brings him much closer to home, as he played his high school ball at Miami Central and signed with the Boilermakers’ 2017 recruiting class as a two-star prospect. He also had offers from UConn, USF, and FIU, where he committed initially. A three-year contributor for Purdue, Jones (6’2, 235) will have to sit for a season at FSU before using his remaining year of eligibility in 2021.

So while he’s beginning classes today and will participate in spring practice, he’ll do so as a walk-on. But expect him to earn a scholarship, as he was courted by new Seminole defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and linebackers coach Chris Marve. Our Purdue site deemed Jones’ transfer “a huge blow,” as he was expected to start in 2020.