Just one day prior to the completion of spring practices, the Bearcats added Andre Jones from Colerain High School to its commitment list. There had been rumors for the last two weeks that the junior free safety was close to becoming a Bearcat, but the verbal pledge didn’t come until today (Friday) when Jones and his parents met with the UC staff. The newest commitment talked about his day.
“I went there (UC) with my mom and dad,” said Jones. “We wanted to go down there to get a couple of our questions answered before I made my commitment. We got those questions answered and felt it was the right time to commit.”
Jones listed his key issues.
“I was interested in talking about playing time, redshirting and where I stand in their program,” he said.
Although Jones played cornerback as a sophomore, he moved to free safety last season and will again play the position this fall. The 1st team All-GMC performer said the Bearcats recruited him to stay at his position of choice.
“They recruited me for safety, and I prefer that to playing corner. Playing free safety means I have to make all the checks to keep everybody on the same page. I just like that position a lot better than I like corner.”
Since this junior is like most high school stars, he’d like to contribute as soon as possible, and he’s aware of the fact that Wes Richardson, who started at free safety last season, is a senior, and the chances of getting on the two-deep depth chart in 2012 is a real possibility at safety.
“Yeah, I know he’s graduating, and I’m hoping to get on the field as a freshman.”
Jones said he was just shy of 6-foot-2 and weighs 195 pounds although many think he is smaller.
“I get that a lot. People don’t think I’m as big as I am.”
The Colerain star chose UC over other offers from Toledo, Miami (OH) and Ohio University.
The persistent rumors of Jones impending decision to become a Bearcat were true, and he explained why UC was such a strong contender.
“I always been interested in UC, but my interest got more serious in the past two weeks. I felt UC was the best fit for me.”
Jones believes the Bearcats will probably take two safeties in their 2012 class, and he mentioned Highlands’ star defensive back, Drake Bruns, as another Bearcat target for the position. Bruns is like Jones. He played cornerback for the Bluebirds as a sophomore and junior but will be moving to safety this fall. It is unclear whether the Bearcats see Bruns as a cornerback or safety.
It was a tumultuous recruiting season last year at Colerain with multiple players switching commitments for one reason or another including Andrew Smith’s reversal from UC to Northwestern just a couple weeks before national signing day, but Jones claims his commitment is solid.
“My commitment is a solid commitment,” said Jones. “I never went into this process looking to decommit from any school. I’m 100% sure that I’m going to stick with UC and be there for the next four or five years.”
Jones becomes Cincinnati’s fourth commitment for 2012 and joins Warren Central (IN) stars Deionte Buckley (RB) and Josh Posley (OLB/DE) as well as Ryan Leahy (DL) from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati.