The mother of former Andress High School football standout Andre Jones told ABC-7 Tuesday night her son died of complications from an enlarged heart.
Jones was found dead on Feb. 14 in a room inside the El Paso Suites Hotel in Central El Paso.
Police officials say they were responding to a welfare check at the hotel when his body was found. Police say foul play is not suspected.
Jones, who played defensive tackle in high school, was arrested by El Paso Police on drug charges Aug. 17, 2012 for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to manufacture or distribute.
The one-time Texas Longhorn recruit was accused of having 34 grams of the substance at the time of that arrest in 2012. The charge was dropped in spring 2013, according to court records.
Before his freshman season at Texas he was arrested on his 18th birthday and charged along with teammate Robert Joseph in a July 2007 robbery at an Austin apartment.
Jones was suspended from the football team and ended up pleading guilty in summer 2008 to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, under a deal that required him to serve 30 days in jail, 340 hours of community service and 10 years of probation, according to an August 2008 Austin American-Statemsman report.
After leaving the Longhorns Jones enrolled at UTEP.
Earlier in 2012 Jones was named in an ESPN article about names you never got the chance to know, citing the early arrest in Jones career as the reason he never got to start his career.