Former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips leaving UCLA football program

L.A. Daily News

UCLA outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips had medically retired from football, a school spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

The sophomore from Redlands East Valley High struggled with concussions during his brief UCLA career and also suffered a severe wrist injury in January from an off-campus scooter accident in which he was hit by a car.

Phillips came to UCLA as the top recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings, a major recruiting coup for then-head coach Jim Mora.

In two seasons, Phillips played in just 11 games, dealing with an ankle injury early in his freshman season as well as concussions later.

Concussions shut him down for good this season after four games when he returned to the field only four months after wrist surgery. The wrist injury, which required surgery that included removing three bones in his wrist, had an original recovery time of eight to 12 months.

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