Purdue pushing for USF commit

South Florida cornerback commit Chris Jones is giving Purdue serious consideration. Boiler Sports Report offers the latest in this story.

Chris Jones is currently committed to South Florida, but Purdue is giving him something to think about.

Coach Darrell Hazell traveled to Jacksonville on Monday and visited with the two-star cornerback, outlining the Purdue pitch.

"It's a program that I'm considering," said Jones of Purdue. "When I think about education and which schools offer up a very high education, Purdue stands out."

The visit from Hazell is part of the Purdue coach's two-week hustle around the country, as he visits with some of the Boilermakers' top prospects during a short recruiting window. The fact that Jones was part of those plans is something that meant a lot.

"There was a connection between us," Jones said. "He really believes in me to come in and make a big impact for his team. He sees leadership in me.

Purdue's offer is the only one that would make him switch from a commitment to South Florida. He also held offers from Florida International, Indiana, Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

The Boilermakers began their interest of Jones in the summer, with coach Gerad Parker leading a strong recruitment.

Jones will get his first look at Purdue's campus when he travels to West Lafayette this weekend, part of a big recruiting weekend for the Boilermakers. Hazell and the Purdue coaching staff will work to swing his commitment.

A final decision isn't like to come until January, but Jones will give Purdue a fair shot—this weekend being the most important part of that process.

"There's some stuff I'm looking for," he said. "I'm just waiting to see."

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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