Could USC land a standout linebacker via transfer? Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips is considering transferring to either USC or Stanford per Chris Hummer of 247 Sports.
Phillips withdrew from UCLA and decided to put a halt to his football career due to multiple injuries, however there could be a change of heart according to Hummer’s article. He was the No. 1 overall player in the nation back in 2017 according to the 247 Sports composite. Phillips committed to UCLA back in 2016. Now he could make a move to play for the Trojans or Cardinal.
Phillips was a major factor to the Bruins pass rush during his freshman and sophomore season. During this season the sophomore linebacker had a sack and 20 tackles in only 4 games. Unfortunately for Phillips injuries has hampered him the last two seasons. His freshman year he only played 7 games before going down with an ankle injury. Phillips would return his sophomore year for 4 games only to sit the rest of the season due to complications from wrist surgery and a concussion.
USC could definitely benefit from a potential Phillips arrival. When healthy he can play a major factor in the Trojans pass rush that struggled during the 2018 season. With Porter Gustin graduating, Phillips could possibly fill a void, however he would also have to sit a year due to the transfer rule so 2020 would be when we would see him when he decides to transfer and suit up. Could he possibly come? Current USC linebacker Hunter Echols appears to be getting a jump start on things.