Former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips has announced that he will be transferring from UCLA to Miami.
Former 5-star DE Jaelan Phillips, formerly of UCLA, announces he’s transferring to #Miami.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 22, 2019
Phillips showed plenty of promise in his freshman year with UCLA. In six games, he racked up 3.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. He's had a difficult time staying on the field, though. Injuries have limited him to just 10 games across his freshman and sophomore years.
Still, he wasn't a consensus top recruit for nothing. He has the versatility to play on the defensive line or as an outside linebacker. He amassed 41 total tackles during his tenure at UCLA.
One point of concern is that his injury issues are concussion related. He was limited to just four appearances in his sophomore year after a concussion kept him on the sidelines from mid-October onward.
#WelcomeToTheU, Jaelan Phillips. The nation’s #1 recruit in the class of 2017 @jjphillips15 announces his transfer from UCLA to Miami. Yes, yes y’all!!!! #Canes #TNM https://t.co/7hNNFhVxXB pic.twitter.com/6YV1V3AKpw— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 22, 2019
For the Canes, he'll be a welcome addition to an already impressive defense that limited opponents to just 19.5 points per game in 2018.