Montrell Jones joins Cardinals

Former Louisville Male High School and Tennessee Volunteer wide receiver Montrell Jones has decided to walk on at the University of Louisville.

As first reported in ITV's Premium Forum over a month ago, Montrell Jones has decided to return to his home city and become apart of the Louisville football program. Jones confirmed his decision to 840 WHAS's Tony Cruise on Tuesday afternoon.

Jones, who signed with Tennessee in 2001, where he eventually earned playing time as a true freshman. He was dismissed from the Volunteers program in April of this year after failing a substance abuse test. He had also been previously suspended by Tennessee on two prior occassions.

Jones will join the program as a non-scholarship player this fall and must sit out the 2003 season due to NCAA rules. Because he didn't have a reshirt season while at Tennessee, Jones will have two years of eligibility remaining following the upcoming season.

He will join a receiving unit that should be one of the best in Cardinal history with talented players such as Joshua Tinch, B.J. Vickers, Broderick Clark, Antwuan Giddens, J.R. Russell and others.

During his two years as a Volunteer, Jones (6'2, 200) had 28 receptions for 356-yards for an average of 12.7-yards per catch.

Jones was named Kentucky's Mr. Football and was selected as a Parade All-American after helping guide Male High School to the 4A State Championship crown in 2000.

During his four years at Male, Jones set in state records with career receptions (266), touchdown receptions (59) and receptions in a single game (16).

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