Iowa in Early on Jones

Markell Jones relationship with Iowa goes way back. And that's saying something when you consider he's only a junior. The Indiana running back talks about his relationship with the Hawkeyes and where things stand with his recruitment in this premium story.

Iowa impressed Markell Jones early.

"They were the very first school to ever send me any mail during my freshman year," the Class of 2015 running back said. "I think they've got a good program and I like that they run the ball a lot off tackle. I like the strides that the coaching staff is making for the program."

Jones planned to visit Iowa City this weekend for the Hawkeyes Elite Junior Day. He had to cancel when his parents were unable to drive him because of work obligations.

The 5-foot-10, 194-pound junior from Columbus (IN) East High rushed for 2,454 yards (11.2 per carry) and 40 touchdowns through 14 games in '13. He said he most recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds but has worked to get that down to 4.54 by the end of the spring.

"My vision is my very best strength," Jones said. "I believe it's one of the most important traits for a running back. Then, also, my quickness and power as well.

"I guess I could improve on the breakaway speed but I'm working to improve there."

Purdue and Toledo have offered scholarships to Jones. He said that Indiana, Cincinnati and Louisville have indicated that they're close to pulling the trigger on him. He's been in contact with Iowa assistant Eric Johnson.

"I'm not really sure where I stand (with the Hawkeyes)," Jones aid. "I actually need to get into contact with them soon and see what's going on. That's an offer that I would love to have."

Jones said he's leaning toward a business major in college. Several things stand out to him as being most important in picking a school.

"It's mainly the academics, of course; finding something that I would be comfortable studying," Jones said. "Then, also, early playing time would be nice."

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