After a string of 10 consecutive additions to its 2018 recruiting class, UCLA saw the first defection Wednesday.
San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon three-star safety Jhevon Hill announced that he was backing off his commitment to the Bruins. He was the first prospect to commit to UCLA in the 2018 class, doing so three months ago.
"First off, I would like to say thank you to the UCLA coaching staff for the whole recruiting process and believing in me when others didn't," Hill wrote on his Twitter account. "After talking it over with my parents, I believe it is best to announce that I am de-committing from the University of California, Los Angeles and I will be re-opening my recruitment."
Since choosing the Bruins, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect picked up offers from five Pac-12 programs and told Scout.com recently that he still intended to take other visits this summer to continue weighing every option.
In the last two months, UCLA landed commitments from two Scout 300 safeties -- Stephan Blaylock of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Cam'ron Jones of Mansfield, Texas. The Bruins intend to sign three at the position in this class.
It should be interesting to monitor how Hill's move affects high school teammate Jeremiah Martin, the four-star edge rusher who UCLA has prioritized for its razor position in this class. Although Hill had mentioned that he was recruiting Martin to UCLA since his own decision, a source told Scout.com that they didn't expect this new development to have an impact.