Player: Markell Jones, Rb
247Sports composite rankings: 3-star, No. 1312 nationally, No. 97 RB, No. 20 in IN
Why: Purdue may not have been the favorite of the 247Sports rankings, coming in dead last in the Big Ten and all. However, there were a few bright spots and no one is more important to finding success for this team in 2015 than getting some depth and star power at running back.
It showed last season, as the offense was much better when the two-headed monster of Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert got going. Both are going to be gone in 2015 and that means finding something that can work to help a fledgling offense continue on the rise.
That brings us to Markell Jones, the leading recruit according to the rankings and one of XX players to enroll early at Purdue. Not only will that help him get in the playbook, but the 5-11, 205-pound back will be able to add the necessary weight to be really dangerous as a running back.
He’s got that extra something that can really help the Boilermakers out the gate, and it is badly needed. Don’t expect him to redshirt in the least, because of the talent level and the extreme need for depth at the position overall.