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Former 5-Star Recruit Has Left Major College Football Program

General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

A former five-star recruit has reportedly left his college football program and isn't expected to return.

247Sports reported on Saturday night that former No. 1 overall recruit Jaelan Phillips has left the UCLA football program.

Phillips, a sophomore, was the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class.

Sophomore linebacker Jaelan Phillips has left UCLA and it’s unlikely he returns, according to sources.

The departure is injury-related, even though it’s not being characterized as a medical retirement.

In 2018, Phillips experienced a concussion and other injuries and played in just four games. He suffered injuries in 2017 as a freshman that limited him to playing in six games that season.

Phillips left UCLA during the fall quarter.

Phillips could return to UCLA, though the report says that is unlikely. He's likely to pursue major transfer options if he does decide to return to football.

The defensive end chose UCLA over several major programs coming out of high school.

Stay tuned.