Somehow, someway - we knew it would eventually end up this way. Great high school football players rarely grow in the mountains, sagebrush and sand of El Paso County. We raise a few basketball players, a few runners and soccer players, but usually not dominating high school All American defensive ends.
And so ends the sad and sorted tale of Andress High School's Andre Jones, Parade All American and University of Texas recruit who signed with the Longhorns in 2007.
As it would turn out, Andre got involved in the home invasion robbery of an off campus apartment - he and Robert Joseph, another ex-Longhorn, they were arrested in August 2007 and charged with aggravated robbery.
Andre was booked into the Travis County jail - on August 3, 2007 - his 18th birthday.
Jones never played a down for the Longhorns, he was dismissed from the team. His case wound it's way through the Travis County justice system, and Andre wound his way back to the dusty streets of El Paso where he found even more trouble, and sometimes - trouble found him.
He was interested in playing for his hometown U. Texas - El Paso Miners, and the Miners were naturally interested in him - but in 2008 he injured a knee when he was hit by a car outside of an El Paso nightclub.
A few years later, he was arrested in possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine - but the charges were later dropped.
This morning, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014 - Andre Jones was found dead, alone in a freeway motel room, after a tip called in from a payphone....what a sad and anonymous way for anyone to die. What a sad way for a young man who had all the potential in the world to die - alone in an anonymous motel room.
We discuss and debate these recruits - we look at their 40 yard dash times, and we ponder their potential. We watch some game video, and sometimes we can get fairly obsessive about the future of these modern day gladiators...
...and then we're glad and relieved when they pick Texas, and we're chagrined when they sign elsewhere, but sometimes ...they just fade away...
...and sometimes they die at age 24, in a cheap motel, alongside I-10, in El Paso, Texas.