With his decision out of the way, Jones was able to focus on his senior season and getting ready for the grind of college football.
We recently chatted with Jones to get the latest on his developments since committing to the Bearcats.
How was your senior season?
"It was pretty good. I finished the season with seven interceptions, 25 tackles, a kick return average of 31.2 and a punt return average of 13.1. I also made the All-Ohio team."
Your high school coach recently said that he expects you to contribute at UC as a freshman. Do statements like that place any extra pressure on you?
"To be honest, it just pushes me to work a little bit harder. Since my coach is saying that, he knows that I can play as a freshman, so that is just more motivation for me."
What are your plans for the offseason?
"Schoolwork, work hard in the weight room, and just worry about UC and going down there and being in the meeting room and getting to know the players and coaches."
You committed to Cincinnati back in April. How solid is your commitment right now?
"It is a 100% commitment."
What would you say are currently the strongest parts of your game?
"Definitely, I'd say my ball vision. I have good feet, I can run pretty fast and I'm just aware of the game and what's going on with the game."
What is your relationship like with the coaches at Cincinnati?
"My closest relationship with a coach at UC is Coach (Kerry) Coombs because I've known Coach Coombs for about 6-7 years now."
What is your take on how the Bearcats have played this year?
"I'm definitely excited that they had a lot better season than what they had last year. I'm just hoping that they can finish strong in the bowl game."
How does it feel to know that you will be playing college football for your hometown school?
"It definitely feels different than playing with any other college because everybody will know who I am. I'm excited because I can still play in front of family and friends."
If you have seen Andre Jones play in person, it is almost impossible to not come away impressed. He has a solid frame (6-1, 205) and can run extremely well for a safety prospect. Jones is a high-intelligence player with outstanding instincts and ball skills. He is one of those players that almost always finds himself in the right place. He is also a very good leader, which is important to have out of the safety position. Right now, he could use a little extra time in the weight room to continue adding some weight to his frame, but his athleticism makes him a perfect candidate for early playing time at the next level.