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MANSFIELD, Texas — Building relationships, not big time coaching names, is something that’s proving to make all the difference when it comes to star athletes’ commitments to colleges as UCLA’s football program is quickly learning this week.

After parting ways with Head Coach Jim Mora and Assistant Coach Demetrice Martin, UCLA probably thought bringing in a huge name like Chip Kelly to their coaching staff would show a peak in interest to their program, however, they’re seeing negative impacts as three big-time commits de-committed from the Bruins’ program.

Cam’ron Jones announced via Twitter on Monday afternoon that due to the recent coaching shifts, he has decided to withdraw his commitment to the program.

Playing his first three seasons at Euless Trinity before moving to Mansfield, Jones took a positive spotlight as a hard-hitting safety.

Initially committing to Texas Tech, he changed his mind when UCLA offered him the possibility of an earlier playing time — meaning he’d likely see less of the bench in his true freshman season. 247Sports Composite has him ranked as the 23rd best safety in high school sports and at 6-feet tall and 192 pounds, the 4-star safety out of Mansfield has become the highest-rated athlete to de-commit from UCLA since Kelly’s hire.

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With Jones opening up his recruitment, this could mean big things for some big schools as a topnotch safety prospect with hopes to explore the idea of a cornerback position in the NCAA. With 12 offers from schools such as the University of Oklahoma, Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU, Ole Miss is ranked the warmest on his list per 247Sports Composite.

Jones has made official plans to visit the Oxford campus in January.

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