Charlie Jones gave Iowa a bit of a surprise in recent days when the Hawkeyes learned that he would enter the transfer portal. Now a report has emerged about his destination within the Big Ten.

Chi Sports Scoops reported that Jones would transfer to Purdue, and the move is motivated by name, image and likeness. This is a surprise because Jones in January announced plans to return for another season, and the program tweeted “unfinished business” with the message. Jones earned a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a returner, and was the Big Ten’s Returner of the Year last season.

Jones is a dangerous and versatile weapon, and was third player in school history with both a kickoff return and punt return touchdown. The former walk-on led the Big Ten and ranked 11th nationally with 10.5 average on punt returns in 2020 and ranked fourth nationally with one punt return touchdown in 2020.


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This would be Jones’ third college team after he started his career at Buffalo, and then sat out the 2019 season as a transfer.

The NCAA-mandated deadline to enter the transfer portal was May 1 in order to remain immediately eligible for the 2022 football season. Jones’ entrance into the portal came on May 25th doesn’t rule out a chance to play this fall for another program. He would need to go through a formal approval process in conjunction with the NCAA’s protocol in order to play immediately.