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National Signing Day: Cornell Jones

Purdue adds late-rising MLB on signing day

Michigan State v Purdue Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Purdue fans received a nice surprise today when late rising MLB prospect Cornell Jones flipped from FIU to Purdue on signing day. The 6’2, 220 pound MLB from Florida powerhouse Miami Central has been picking up momentum in the last month, drawing late offers from Colorado, Temple, and UConn. He’s either unrated or a 2* prospect by most scouting services, but 247 sees him as a 3* recruit.

Jones is a big dude that doesn’t just hit people, he hurts people. Honestly, I feel bad for some of the high school kids in his tape, because my ribs hurt just watching his film. He has solid closing speed and is adept at finding creases in the offensive line and getting after the quarterback. Purdue defensive coordinator Nick Holt says he wants to blitz his linebackers, and that fits Jones’s skill set nicely.

The Boilermakers needed a MLB prospect in the class, and did an excellent job of zeroing in on Jones late. He’s not going to move the needle on the recruiting rankings, but he very well could move the needle on the field, and that’s the most important thing today.