Purdue still on top for Jones

Markell Jones lists the Boilermakers as his top option, but others remain in the mix.

Markell Jones had seen Purdue's campus for a football game with Notre Dame and basketball contest with Indiana. The euphoria in West Lafayette for each rivalry game is hard to top.

This past weekend, the in-state running back saw Purdue on an ordinary spring day. It was a change of pace from his first visits, but everything he wanted to see of campus.

"The area is nice," Jones said. "It looks like a fun place to be."

The benefit of a less-chaotic visit was the chance to sit down privately with Darrell Hazell. This was the first time Jones was able to go one-on-one with the Boilermakers' head coach.

Jones has been able to build strong relationships with the Purdue coaching staff, but this was the chance to get a glimpse at how the program operates.

"I love the coaching staff," said Jones. "I've always loved the Purdue coaching staff. But I really enjoyed the visit. I got some quality time in, and met up with some other recruits. It was fun."

A three-star prospect, Jones holds offers from Purdue, Ball State, Toledo and Western Michigan. He has also picked up plenty of interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Wisconsin, among others.

While taking in Purdue's practice, Jones got to see how the Boilermakers' offense runs. He then met personally with running backs coach Jafar Williams and worked through plays.

"I think I fit perfectly, honestly," said Jones. "It's the same stuff we do [do in high school]."

It was a quiet day in West Lafayette, but Jones already knows what the campus can be like for a big game. After taking in the excitement of two rivalry games, he has seen Purdue at its best.

"I love the atmosphere," he said. "… The crowd, the student section, the atmosphere is insane. Those people go crazy at the games."

Jones currently lists Purdue at the top, but he'll continue to wait out interest through the summer.

Markell Jones had seen Purdue's campus for a football game with Notre Dame and basketball contest with Indiana. The euphoria in West Lafayette for each rivalry game is hard to top.

This past weekend, the in-state running back saw Purdue on an ordinary spring day. It was a change of pace from his first visits, but everything he wanted to see of campus.

"The area is nice," Jones said. "It looks like a fun place to be."

The benefit of a less-chaotic visit was the chance to sit down privately with Darrell Hazell. This was the first time Jones was able to go one-on-one with the Boilermakers' head coach.

Jones has been able to build strong relationships with the Purdue coaching staff, but this was the chance to get a glimpse at how the program operates.

"I love the coaching staff," said Jones. "I've always loved the Purdue coaching staff. But I really enjoyed the visit. I got some quality time in, and met up with some other recruits. It was fun."

A three-star prospect, Jones holds offers from Purdue, Ball State, Toledo and Western Michigan. He has also picked up plenty of interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Wisconsin, among others.

While taking in Purdue's practice, Jones got to see how the Boilermakers' offense runs. He then met personally with running backs coach Jafar Williams and worked through plays.

"I think I fit perfectly, honestly," said Jones. "It's the same stuff we do [do in high school]."

It was a quiet day in West Lafayette, but Jones already knows what the campus can be like for a big game. After taking in the excitement of two rivalry games, he has seen Purdue at its best.

"I love the atmosphere," he said. "… The crowd, the student section, the atmosphere is insane. Those people go crazy at the games."

Jones currently lists Purdue at the top, but he'll continue to wait out interest through the summer.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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