We knew it was coming. But if you're like me and are still holding out a bit of hope that Kevin Love will be back for his sophomore year, then today's announcement still feels like a gut punch (HT to Kerckhoff405 for the fanpost).
Myles Jack has withdrawn from UCLA and will enter the NFL draft.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) October 6, 2015
Thanks to Jack Wang and InsideUCLA for the video.
Jim Mora made the announcement this morning after practice. Jack informed the coach about his decision on Sunday.
Mora did say the decision was risky given his circumstances and having tape from only 3 games in his junior year and questions about where he will fit in in the NFL, but added there is no question about his skill and talent.
"I've been in 25 draft rooms, and I've never seen a guy taken off of that," Mora said. "Never. I worry about that for him. I have a very personal relationship with Myles and his family. ... I obviously want the best for him, and I hope it all works out the way that he plans for it to work out."
Jack was injured in practice on the Tuesday following the BYU game, suffering a cartilage tear that he elected to have repaired, a decision that ended his season. While there was plenty of speculation about his future at that time, common sense said that he was done at U.C.L.A., and Mora's announcement confirmed that today.
His injury was a big blow to U.C.L.A.'s hopes for 2015 and Coach Mora, Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley, and linebackers coach Scott White need to find a way to fill the hole left on defense. Many expected that Myles would declare after his junior season anyway, but today reinforces the urgency to recruit for that spot as well.
Good luck, Myles.