Local Linebacker Rahyme Johnson Backs Off UCLA Pledge

May 13 -- After taking visits recently and adding numerous scholarship offers, the first member of UCLA's 2017 recruiting class has backed off his pledge...

Rahyme Johnson became the first member of UCLA's 2017 recruiting class last summer when he committed to the Bruins, but the four-star linebacker has had a change of heart.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect from nearby Los Angeles Salesian took a visit to Nebraska for the spring game last month and appeared to waver on his pledge to the Bruins when other programs, including Notre Dame, entered the picture with scholarship offers this spring evaluation period.


It's the second local de-commitment UCLA has seen this month following the departure of three-star safety Rhedi Short, who had taken visits to Arizona and Oregon.


The Bruins signed a solid group of linebackers in the 2016 class, including No. 1-rated outside backer Mique Juarez, and are in the conversation for the likes of Addison Gumbs and Baron Browning, among others, in the 2017 class.

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