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Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips announces he’s headed to Miami

Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips announces he’s headed to Miami
Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, right, is tackled by UCLA defenders including Jaelan Phillips (15) and Nate Meadors (22) during the first half on Sept. 1. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Former UCLA outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips announced on Twitter on Thursday that he was headed to Miami to play for the Hurricanes after his two seasons as a Bruin were cut short by injuries.

“The Wait is Over…Officially a HURRICANE,” Phillips tweeted along with an outsized photo of himself in an orange-and-green jersey set against the Miami skyline. “I can’t wait to get to work.”

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A UCLA athletic department official said in December that Phillips had taken a medical retirement after playing in only four games last season because of multiple concussions. One of the nation’s top recruits out of Redlands East Valley High in 2017, Phillips had 3½ sacks in six games as a freshman during another season that was abbreviated because of injuries.

“Thank you God for giving me a second chance,” Phillips tweeted along with an emoji of palms pressed together, signifying thankfulness. “The COMEBACK is going to be something serious.”

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