The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Purdue featured commit:
Position: Defensive tackle
High School: Dunellon High School in Dunnellon, Florida
Weight: 251 pounds
Commitment date: December 9, 2013
Other scholarship offers: Seven, including Iowa State, Marshall, Tulane and Western Michigan.
Ranking: Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com; rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.
Purdue depth chart at position: Junior Ryan Watson, sophomore Ra'Zahn Howard, junior Chuck Ayres, redshirt freshman Johnny Daniels.
Scouting report: With the departure of Bruce Gaston, Greg Latta and Jules Williams along the defensive front, Purdue is in desperate need of an influx of bodies amongst the front four. One of the players Coach Darrell Hazell has landed to help with that is Jones, who hails from the talent-rich state of Florida. Jones played primarily defensive tackle in high school, but is a tad undersized at this point to step in at that position right away for the Boilermakers. If Purdue is wishing to get Jones on the field quickly, it could be through having him start at defensive end and move an end inside to help depth. At this point, there are a lot of questions in the defensive interior for the Boilermakers. With a few years putting on good muscle, Jones should be a solid defensive tackle, but at this point, his route to early playing time is likely on the edge.