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Video: Jaelen Gill Faked Everyone Out With His Recruiting Announcement

The four-star running back pulled a prank during his recruiting announcement.

Jaelen Gill, a four-star running back in the 2018 class, announced his college decision this afternoon.

He committed to UCLA.

That's what everyone initially thought, anyway.

Gill, believed to be a heavy Ohio State-lean, pulled a fake-out during his announcement. He was initially wearing a UCLA shirt, but he ripped that off, revealing his true destination - OSU.

Check it out:

Gill is ranked the No. 1 all-purpose back in the 2018 class by 247Sports' Composite Rankings. The Westerville, Ohio product is the No. 32 player in the class.

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound prospect chose the Buckeyes over UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC, among other programs.

His dad said Ohio State has "always" been there.

From 247Sports:

“Ohio State has always been there,” his dad said. “They recruited him like they were recruiting someone from Texas, very hard. Jaelen wasn’t a give-in, he pretty much stayed open, especially through the process, that’s what we wanted as parents. Just because we’re from here and he grew up an Ohio State fan, we didn’t want him to feel pressured that you have to go to Ohio State. Ohio State may not be a fit for him.

“They stepped up to the plate. They recruited him hard.”

Gill's commitment pushed Ohio State's class into the top 10 of 2018's class rankings.