Purdue goes calling for London

Purdue extended a scholarship offer to Mardre London, a running back prospect from a Florida power program. Boiler Sports Report offers the details of his recruitment.

Before last week, Mardre London had seldom heard from Purdue, and his interest was minimal. That changed when assistant coach Ruben Carter visited Florida powerhouse program St. Thomas Aquinas and offered its running back a scholarship offer.

During their conversation on the phone later that day, Carter told London to do some research on what Purdue has to offer and give it a thorough evaluation. He also explained that London can make an early impact.

"I can go there and make an impact as a freshman," said London, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back. "It's a new, building program. They're trying to go to the national level and they need the recruits to get there."

London's name isn't a new one to Purdue coaches. The standout running back from the Florida power is an elite prospect with offers from Arkansas State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Rutgers.

Now, Purdue has entered the mix for the "Speed State" speedster, and he's paying attention.

"I want great academics, first and foremost, and [Purdue] has that," said London. "I want to take a visit and see if I can stay there the next four years. That's the main thing with recruiting.

"It would be an easy transition to the playbook. [Purdue has] the same formations, same plays, just different names."

The running back hopes to stay in contact with Purdue's coaches, especially Ruben Carter, whom he was pleased to host at his high school last week.

"It means a lot," said London of Carter's visit. "He's from the same place that I live right now, so right then and there, we have that good chemistry."

Purdue has now identified one of its top running back prospects, and its recruitment of London will likely only pick up moving forward.

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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