Versatility is the name of the game for Murray’s talented Jeremiah Jones who appears to leaning toward the University of Louisville (Steve Springer photos).

University of Louisville football has ventured into the far western reaches of the state to offer Murray High’s junior athlete Jeremiah Jones, currently listed as a 3-star safety on 247sports.com.

Jeremiah Jones loves the atmosphere at UofL football games (Steve Springer photo).

At 6-feet-4 and 200 pounds with an 89 rating from 247Sports, Jones has played multiple positions for the Tigers this season, including starting quarterback since midway through the season. The junior has played all over the field for the Tigers, throwing, rushing and receiving touchdowns. As quarterback, he’s totaled 643 passing on 54/102 attempts (52.9%) with a 6/2 TD/INT ratio. He’s rushed for 204 yards on 63 attempts with three scores and caught 15 receptions for 221 yards and a score.

Rated as the #2 prospect in the Bluegrass and #20 safety in the country for 2025, Jones’ versatility is evident more impressively however on the defensive side of the ball. In both 2022 and 2023 he led Murray in interceptions with five and two picks respectively, with a return for a touchdown and an 89-yard return, as well. He was the Tigers’ leading tackler in 2022, with 97 tackles, with four tackles-for-loss and five interceptions. This season he’s third on the team in tackles with 60, as teams are shying away from him, and has recorded five sacks and 3 TFL’s.

Besides an offer from first-year head coach Jeff Brohm’s Cardinals, 247Sports lists offers from Big Ten’s Nebraska, Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.

Tiger Head Coach Melvin Cunningham, a defensive standout at Marshall, knows a thing or two about defensive backs, as he lined up against Randy Moss at practice in Huntington and signed with the Miami Dolphins in 1997.

Jones got to visit L&N Stadium for the Notre Dame game and came away very impressed. “The atmosphere was amazing,” said Jones. “I think there were 59,000 people there, the crowd was packed and everybody was into it. The team was hyped up, and in adversity they just kept fighting and that’s what I like to see.”

Officially being recruited as an ATHLETE, Jones named UofL Football’s Trent Mossbrucker as the lead in his recruitment, as well as Director of Recruiting, Pete Nochta. His versatility also translates to the hardwood, as Jones will be a key piece of the Tigers’ hoops squad this year.

“Ever since day one they showed me love,” said Jones. “They showed me around the facility and I have the potential to play there.” He was also impressed with the Cardinals’ season so far under Brohm. “They’re doing an amazing job,” said Jones. “They give the ball to many players and they have a lot of play makers and they’re just doing what they need to do to win and playing big competition and getting W’s.”

Murray State was his first official offer, followed shortly by an offer from Eastern Kentucky. Last week, Jones picked up an offer from Nebraska.

Look for Jones’ rating to climb as continues to grow and mature as a senior next season, with no plans to reclassifying to 2024 as of yet. At a rating of 89, Jones will more than likely creep up into the 4-star range next season.

Jones visited Lexington for the Kentucky-Florida game and also plans to come back to the Ville for the Governor’s Cup match up later this month. He also has an invite to visit Marshall. When asked who leads his recruitment at the moment, he gave the nod to the Cardinals.

“I think Louisville does,” said Jones. “They’ve shown me the most love right now.” And for possibly the most important factor, Mom likes Louisville even though she’s more of a Tennessee fan.

The Tigers face the Mayfield Cardinals in the 2nd round of the KHSAA Class 2A Playoffs Friday night in Mayfield.

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By Steve Springer

Steve Springer is a lifelong University of Louisville fan and was Volvo's "Biggest Fan of the Big East" in 2011. He's a sportswriter for the Murray Ledger & Times, in addition to teaching physical education. He graduated from Eastern High School, earned a Master's degree from the University of Louisville and his BS degree at Murray State University. His Twitter handle is @racercard.

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