In the past two recruiting cycles, Ground Zero 7on7 has produced two California defensive back signees -- Malik Psalms and Camryn Bynum. On Tuesday, among the three Ground Zero 2018 prospects the Bears offered, was versatile DB Jhevon Hill, a safety by trade out of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon. Hill, as it happens, knows Bynum from Ground Zero, and intends to get in touch to pick his brain about the Bears, "so he can fill me in."
The Cal offer was Hill's second, following Utah.
"They offered me as an athlete," Hill told BearTerritory on Tuesday night, saying he prefers the defensive side of the ball, even though he's played a bit of offense, catching 11 passes for 215 yards this past season.
"I know that, education-wise, they're a very good school," Hill said of Cal. "Football-wise, I know they were pretty good before this year, and this year, they struggled. But, they had a hard schedule. That's all I really know. I never really kept up with Cal or anything, but I definitely will do my research on them, now."
Thanks to a dislocated pinkie finger while going up for a fade pass against Rialto (Calif.) Carter, Hill missed three games this past season.
"I came down on my hand, and my pinkie was all behind my knuckles," Hill said.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound rangy defensive back only had 19 tackles this season, with three interceptions and two pass deflections, but his length, his ability to play in the slot and at free safety, plus his desire to work in at cornerback next year, all show that the Bears are getting in on the ground floor.
"I've been playing free safety all my life, and I want to try to make the transition, my senior year, to corner, so I can be able to play all around," said Hill. Two Cal defensive backs this season switched between multiple positions in the defensive backfield, including Psalms, who came in as a corner and switched to safety, and Bynum is in the process of making the switch.
"This year," Hill said, "they put me more at the nickel spot and manned me up against the slot, so I'm going to try to play everything my senior year."
Hill is a very bouncy athlete with long arms perfect for mucking up passing windows. In the winter and spring, Hill plays basketball and runs track. Last spring, Hill set personal bests with a 6-foot high jump, a 19'6" long jump and a 42'7.5" triple jump.
"I think I play zone pretty well, I break on the ball pretty well, make tackles," Hill said. "I want to get from the hash to the sideline faster, helping the deep routes more."
Hill said he will "definitely" make it up to Berkeley during the spring.