Report: Former No. 1 recruit to transfer from UCLA
The No. 1 recruit from the 2017 recruiting class will reportedly be looking for a new home.
According to Bruin Report Online, Jaelan Phillips will transfer from UCLA. The issue is described as injury-related, but Phillips is not expected to medically retire.
Injuries have sidlined Phillips throughout his two-year career. As a freshman, Phillips appeared in only six games. This season, a concussion and other injuries limited him to playing in four games. The Bruin Report Online article notes that there is a chance he could return to UCLA if the team’s medical staff were to clear him to play. The author’s sources, however, indicate it’s more likely Phillips transfers out. He would be a redshirt junior in the 2020 season.
If Phillips, from Redlands, Calif., considers transferring to the SEC, two schools to potentially watch would be Alabama and Tennessee. Leading up to the 2017 cycle, current UA defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi and current Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt were the Crimson Tide assistants who recruited Phillips.
Considering he was the No. 1 overall prospect, it’s not surprising that Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M also extended scholarship offers. The Gators and Aggies have obviously undergone coaching changes since National Signing Day 2017.