Profile: Jhevon Hill
Location: San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon
The Scouting Report: Hill is a long, rangy safety who's pushing 6-3 and is among the most physical defensive backs in the region. He's strong in the run game, covers a lot of ground in the secondary and has shown improved cover skills this winter. He plays some receiver for Cajon and has good ball skills but his future is definitely in the secondary. He's going to fill out and, with the positional versatility to move around, he could even play linebacker in certain schemes because of his frame and toughness. -Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst.
Overall Analysis: UCLA picked up its first commitment in the 2018 class from a familiar source- the Ground Zero training program. Hill has been stellar this spring for Ground Zero, just overshadowed at times by other high-profile players in the secondary like Ohio State commit Jaiden Woodbey and four-star linebacker Jack Lamb. But he's a talent in his own right. UCLA would also love to land his teammate at Cajon, four-star defensive end Jeremiah Martin. But getting Hill on the boat to start th 2018 class is a nice get early for UCLA. He would have probably blown up this spring as more and more schools got out to San Bernardino during the evaluation period. Hill knew where he wanted to go and saw no need to drag out his recruitment and gets to stay in the Southland. His positional versatility is a staple of what UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin looks for in a defensive back. UCLA needs safeties in this class and landing one out of the gate is a good start. They will probably bring in two more safeties in the 2018 class and at least one corner after a big 2017 cornerback haul. So safety is the priority and Martin and the Bruins can check off one box at the position. The early commitment from Hill can turn him into a recruiter on both his Ground Zero and Cajon squad for other UCLA targets.