Indiana RB takes in the Louisville game

Columbus, Ind., East High School running back Markell Jones is having a big-time junior season on the field and now the colleges are starting to show him interest. Jones ran for 222 yards on Friday night and on Saturday watched Louisville beat Houston 20-13. Cardinal Authority spoke with Jones.

Markell Jones had a goal of 2,000 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns this season, hoping those numbers would generate some college interest.

The Columbus, Ind., East High School junior has accomplished one of the goals and is really starting to pick up the college attention.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Jones has carried 180 times for 2,166 yards and 36 touchdowns for a 13-0 team that plays New Palestine in the Class 4-A semistate next weekend. He had 222 yards and one TD in a 42-0 win over Jasper on Friday.

"It's been a great season," Jones said.

Jones visited the University of Louisville on Saturday for the Houston game and said the Cardinals, Indiana, Ball State, Cincinnati and several other Big Ten schools have started to show the most interest.

"Louisville has been in contact since the contact period started," Jones said. "Coach (Vance) Bedford has shown me a lot of interest. I was down there last week but it was to visit and see the school from an academic side.

"I didn't know as much about Louisville at first, so that's why I made the first visit to find out more about the school. I like it."

Jones said his only offer is from Toledo but that he feels like three or four other schools are "very close" to making him an offer at the end of the season.

When asked about U of L, Jones said "I really hope they're close."

Jones said his season has been solid, noting he's averaging 12.4 yards a carry, and added that he "wants to keep winning."

"It's been great so far, we have a good team," Jones said.

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