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UCLA Football: Joshua Kelley Returns For 2019; TE Matt Alaimo Transfers

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The deadline has passed for underclassmen to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft while a freshman opts to leave the program.

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The rumors were flying fast and furious last week about guys who could be leaving the UCLA football program.

One of the biggest rumors was that RB Joshua Kelley, who wrote his name into the UCLA Bruins history books with his game against Southern Cal last season, could opt to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Well, I’m very happy to report that, according to the list of underclassmen who declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and which was updated at 1:19 am this morning, Kelley did not declare for this year’s draft. That would seem to indicate that Kelley will be back in powder blue and gold for 2019.

Of course, it’s possible that if Kelley finishes up his degree that he could still become a graduate transfer, but at least for now he remains a Bruin.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of freshman TE Matt Alaimo. Alaimo came to UCLA this fall from northern New Jersey. There were rumors that he intended to leave Westwood, but he did not announce plans to transfer on Twitter or other social media.

A few days ago, NJ.com reported that Alaimo had visited Rutgers and met with Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash. According to that article, the New Jersey school is one of two schools Alaimo is considering after deciding that he wants to be closer to home.

One other factor which could decide where he ends up is where his younger brother Michael chooses to go to school. Michael just completed his junior season at St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, NJ where he is a quarterback. Last summer, at Bruin Viewin’, I had a conversation with Alaimo and I asked him about his brother. At the time, he mentioned that his parents would like it if he followed Matt to UCLA. Unfortunately, the Bruins have not offered Michael.

That may have led to Alaimo’s decision to leave Westwood. The article mentions that “he realized while [at UCLA] it was most important to be closer to his family, friends and overall support system....”

We wish Matt the best in the future.

At the same time, the prospect of another year of Joshua Kelley is exciting as hell and we certainly hope he doesn’t announce that he will become a graduate transfer for his final season.


Go Bruins!!!