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Are UCLA’s five decommitments in the past week as bad as they look?

By in Press Enterprise on November 9, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Cam’ron Jones thought he was going to be part of something special. Then the safety from Texas started watching his fellow UCLA commits back out at a stunning rate.

“5 commits de-committed in one week,” Jones, a four-star prospect whose offers include Oklahoma, Baylor and Colorado, tweeted Sunday. “What’s going on…”

Many watching the UCLA program have been asking the same thing. The Bruins (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) have lost back-to-back games and need to win two of their last three to earn bowl eligibility. Commitments are fleeing. Some fans are fundraising to fly a banner encouraging coaching and administrative changes.

But what may look like a program in decline from the outside is actually a program worth saving, Jones said.

“A lot of recruits like to go to a program that’s already winning but don’t want to help a program win,” he said. “No disrespect to them, but they want to go jump on a bandwagon. That’s what they can do, but I’m going to stay true to the ones that were there before I blew up with offers and try to turn things around.”

In flux?

The Mansfield, Texas, native is one of UCLA’s remaining 19 known verbal commitments for the class of 2018. He already lost three fellow defensive backs, Ken Montgomery and Kendrick Torain, a pair of cornerbacks from Tampa, Fla., and Dayven Coleman, a safety from Mesquite, Texas. Aaron McDonald, an offensive tackle from Northern California, backed out Sunday, six days after junior college offensive lineman Jason Dickson started the barrage of decommits on Oct. 30.

While 17-year-old boys changing their minds is nothing new in recruiting, the succession of decommits caught the eye of Brandon Huffman, national director of college football recruiting for Scout.

“I would definitely say it looks concerning,” Huffman said. “It looks like a program in flux.”

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