The exodus from UCLA Bruins football continues, as Brandon Stephens announced via Twitter that he will be leaving UCLA as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.
It’s Been Great Bruin Nation! pic.twitter.com/40iVG5NegF— Brandon Stephens (@BFame24) January 21, 2019
In what seems to be a trend, players are continuing to leave the program and Stephens becomes the second in the last week and sixth since the end of the season to leave. Wide receiver Audie Omotosho announced he would be leaving the program last week.
We can wonder if Stephens would have stayed at UCLA had Joshua Kelly indeed decided to forgo his last year of eligibility. With that being said, Stephens was probably going to face an uphill battle for any time at running back after having only played in two games during the 2018 season, both on special teams.
In one other bit of Bruins news that I found interesting. As many know, Jaelan Phillips entered his name in the transfer portal, with many thinking that Southern Cal would be a logical destination for him; however, that does not look like it is going to be the case. Dorian Thompson Robinson’s high school teammates Brevin Jordan and Tate Martell were active with Jaelan Phillips news. University of Miami tight end, Brevin Jordan had a message for and about Phillips on Twitter Monday afternoon.
#1 player in the c/o 2017 wants to slide to the U, Canes family y’all know what to do! @JJPhillips15 ❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️ #WestSide— B r e v i n J o r d a n (@Brevinjordan) January 21, 2019
Newest Hurricane quarterback, Tate Martell added this Tweet a few minutes later as well.
Just got back from my adventure in the portal and came back with @JJPhillips15 visiting this weekend! pic.twitter.com/L3OIziufNL— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) January 21, 2019
Phillips seemed to confirm something is going on with Miami with this Tweet.
I think I need a new chain what do y’all think?— Jaelan Phillips ; ® (@JJPhillips15) January 22, 2019
Miami is putting in work for UCLA players as Phillips’ former UCLA teammate, defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka just took a recent official visit to Miami. Nnoruka, started 10 games two years ago for UCLA totaling 49 tackles and a pair of sacks before seeing his playing time diminish this past season with Chip Kelly taking over at UCLA.