Bringing in a linebacker via the transfer market doesn’t seem like too much of a realistic possibility for Texas football since it does have some talent to replace the key departures at the position. If defensive coordinator Todd Orlando does find it necessary to turn to the transfer market for some help at that level of the defense, he couldn’t do much better than the former UCLA Bruins five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips.
Bringing in the nation’s No. 1 2017 high school prospect to join the linebacking corps would have an instant impact. Phillips would clearly be the highest rated recruit that would be on the Forty Acres, if that’s where he lands next. The raw talent and skill set of this 6-foot-5 and 245 pound linebacker/edge rusher is something that is hard to ignore for the fan base.
The main concern surrounding the ultra-talented and potent Phillips lies with his looming injury issues. Phillips played in just 10 games over his two year career with the Bruins. Pretty much all of that missed time was due to injury issues that almost made him retire from football completely this past season.
Some of the programs rumored to be in on the pursuit of Phillips’ commitment from the transfer portal include the Miami Hurricanes, USC Trojans, and Stanford Cardinal. If Phillips does decide to look outside of the PAC-12 to transfer, he should consider the Horns and a former assistant of the program that is now the head coach of Miami, Manny Diaz.