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FSU adds transfer LB Cornel Jones

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Florida State has landed Purdue linebacker Cornel Jones, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Jones is a Miami Central graduate who has played three years at Purdue. It is not yet clear if Jones will have a bachelor’s degree by May or the summer or if he will apply for a waiver to be eligible to play at FSU in 2020.

Noles247 has reported that Jones will be a walk-on. It’s possible that Jones will eventually be placed on scholarship depending on now FSU coach Mike Norvell allocates his 85 scholarships.

Jones had 99 tackles in three seasons at Purdue, including 69 in 2018 as a sophomore. He played in five games last fall and had 25 tackles.

If Jones is eligible to play in 2020, he would help a linebacking corps that includes veterans Amari Gainer, Jaiden Lars-Woodbey, Emmett Rice, Jaleel McRae, Kalen DeLoach, DeCalon Brooks and Kevon Glenn. FSU also signed Stephen Dix Jr. and Jayion McCluster in the December signing period.

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