UCLA RB Malcolm Jones will reportedly transfer.

Malcolm Jones, a former Gatorade National Player of the Year out of Oaks Christian High, will transfer out of UCLA, according to an online published report.

Jones, a 6-foot, 220-pound running back, rushed for only 10 yards on three carries in the Bruins’ 49-24 victory over Rice last week.The former Parade Magazine All-American has struggled in previous years to gain playing time, this season falling behind Johnathan Franklin, Jordan James and Damien Thigpen. The website BruinReportOnline.com was first to report Jones’ transfer.

Jones, whose transfer paperwork has not yet been filed to make it official, was the No. 8 rated running back in the nation according to ESPN. Jones has shared minimal carries the last two seasons while also playing on special teams. Jones rushed for 200 yards on 55 carries with no touchdowns last season.

Jones has not utilized his redshirt and can sit out next season should he choose to transfer to an FBS school.

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  • Anonymous

    This is further proof that the rating systems are not proof as to what a good high school student can do in college. Give me a hard working motivated 3 star running back over a 5 star full-of-himself kid who coasts.

    I’m not saying Jones wasn’t a hard worker but I did see him a number of times when he was Oaks Christian and the effort he showed at UCLA didn’t reflect what I saw him do in high school. I don’t know what happened but he didn’t look motivated at UCLA.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad he didn’t red-shirt his first year.

  • Anonymous

    Two Head Coaches, two Offensive Coordinators, at least two RB coaches and MJ is still low on the depth chart.

    I wish the young man well…but I also hope that he he makes the right choice considering the number of RBs who have come through the UCLA program only to move on…to player oblivion.

  • Nacho El Taquero

    Wish him well wherever he goes. Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Smaller, faster backs fit the system better. I don’t know if they asked him to play LB. He was really good at that at Oaks as well.

    He’s still very talented and we all ought to wish him well.

  • Anonymous

    He is kissing that UCLA degree good bye

  • Anonymous


    The degree, no matter where it’s from, is what you make of it. I have a UCLA degree and work in the tech field. Reasonable salary. My daughter had an LMU degree and is a doctor. Magnificent career and salary. She did fine without a UCLA degree.

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  • Coach Thom

    Yes, something just didn’t click with Malcolm and the football program. If he were seriously contemplating an NFL career, he should have asked Coach Jim to run him at SS or OLB. It’s apparent to all but Malcolm that defense is his only hope. Good luck, MJ.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny how now the comments are “this is why you don’t trust recruiting rankings” but if Rick were the coach they would be “Rick wasting the potential of another highly ranked recruit.”

    Don’t get me wrong, things seem better than they were before and I wasn’t against the changes. Just 2 sides to every story. Wish MJ the best whatever happens.

  • Anonymous

    Pack your bags and head out of town Malcolm. I want guys that want to be Bruins and if ya dont… for whatever reason… well then… See ya later buddy!

    If he had any sense he’d go talk to his teammate Anthony and figure it out already.

  • Interesting Comparison

    Malcolm Jones – UCLA @ 3rd/4th string, 318 yards in 2 years, transfer to ????
    Other 2010 5-star RBs

    Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina, where he was a Heisman candidate before season ending knee injury. Active in 2012 – 2 TDs in close win over Vandy.

    Silas Redd – Penn State 461 yds in ’10 and 1,200 yards in ‘11, transferred to USC in summer of 2012. Projected as 2nd string.

    Brennan Clay – Oklahoma, 2nd or 3rd string has rushed for 401 yards in 2 years.

    Lache Seastrunck – Oregon, transferred to Baylor in summer of 2011 and redshirted. Currently 2nd/3rd string…39 yards in 1st game 2012.

    Dillon Baxter – USC 258 yds in ’10 and 31 yards in ’11, leaving USC in October ’11 for San Diego State, where he was dismissed in August ‘12.

    Michael Dyer – Auburn, transferred to Arkansas State and was dismissed in July 2012