In December of 2005, Jones made his college choice to attend Notre Dame in hopes of winning the starting quarterback job and giving the Irish a dual-threat quarterback on the field. Things have changed and Jones has now made his choice of his new residence.
Life was great when Demetrius Jones was staring for Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois. One of the top high school prospect in the Class of 2006, many compared Jones with another former Chicago native Donovan McNabb with his dual-threat ability.
Posting great numbers as a junior (2,300 yards, 25 touchdowns passing – 1,100 yards, 18 touchdowns rushing) saw the likes of Ohio State, Illinois, North Carolina, Purdue, Michigan, Penn State and many others knocking on his door.
But in the end the chance to work with Irish head coach Charlie Weis and quarterback coach David Cuttcliffe won him over and earned the Irish his signature on National Letter of Intent Day. But things changed as Cuttcliffe headed to Tennessee being replaced by Ron Powlus. Then the Irish signed heralded high school quarterback Jimmy Clausen with many handing the freshman the starting job before he arrived on campus.
But life at the college level can change fast and Clausen wasn't ready to go after having surgery and Jones saw himself taking his place behind center as the Irish opened their season against Georgia Tech.
But what should have been a great day for Jones soon turned into a nightmare as the Irish struggled and Jones was running for his life. Soon Jones found himself on the bench and by the time the team returned home Clausen was set to enter as the starter for their game against Penn State.
Looking only to have a fair chance to earn the starting job, Jones felt by the time the team was ready to leave for their game against Michigan his chance was behind him. In a move that surprised many, Jones left the Irish and looked to be headed to Northern Illinois to restart his career.
At first Notre Dame looked to stop this move but recanted giving Jones his full release to any school he chose. By NCAA rules, if Jones enrolls at a school before their 12-th day of classes he could count the fall semester toward the year he must sit out under transfer rules.
While there were ties to Northern Illinois the chance to play in a BCS Conference and win a National Championship pulled Jones to a coach who recruited him out of high school to run his high powered offensive attack. On Wednesday Jones made a planned trip to the University of Cincinnati with several sources now confirming Jones has enrolled and will be part of the Bearcats football program.
Cincinnati under first year head coach Brian Kelly has seen their football program take on a national spotlight. The Bearcats have started 4-0 and earned the schools first Top 25 ranking since the 70's as they head into their fifth game against non-conference foe San Diego State on Saturday night.
With his transfer now out of the way, Jones will be able to practice with the team and take part in spring drills as he gets ready for the 2008 season.
Bearcat Insider will be working on getting more information about Jones joining the Bearcats program.