Jaelan Phillips, the No. 1 player in the class of 2017, is transferring from UCLA to Miami.
The Wait is Over...Officially a HURRICANE I cant wait to get to work, #TNM is going to be a problem for the opposition Thank you God for giving me a second chance the COMEBACK is going to be something serious pic.twitter.com/yWhfKJnUlL— Jaelan Phillips ; (@JJPhillips15) February 22, 2019
This is just another major transfer portal win for Manny Diaz in his first offseason as the Hurricanes' head coach. Miami had already landed former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell and a 26-year-old Australian punter who is here to take your lunch money.
Landing Phillips out of high school was one of the biggest recruiting wins UCLA has had in a long time. Unfortunately for the Bruins, he just wasn't able to stay healthy during his time in Westwood. He appeared in just eleven games, racking up 41 total tackles, 8 TFLs, and 4.5 sacks. He only played in four games last season, meaning he's able to take that season as a redshirt year.
He will not be pursuing a waiver and will sit a year per NCAA rules. Taking some time away should allow him to get his body right and hopefully become a force for the Hurricanes in 2020.