Cornerback Jalen Ortiz decides to transfer out of UCLA

Washington Huskies defensive back Tre Watson (32) knocks away pass intended for wide receiver Jalen Ortiz (8) during the the Bruins' 41-31 win at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 15, 2013. Ortiz switched to cornerback the following season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Washington Huskies defensive back Tre Watson (32) knocks away pass intended for wide receiver Jalen Ortiz (8) during the the Bruins’ 41-31 win at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 15, 2013. Ortiz switched to cornerback the following season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Cornerback Jalen Ortiz has decided to transfer out of UCLA, ending his Bruin career after limited action through two seasons.

The 5-foot-9, 182-pound Phoenix-area native arrived in Los Angeles as a receiver, but switched to the defensive backfield as a sophomore. A former three-star recruit, Ortiz announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter.

“After long consideration and many talks with my family I have decided to transfer from UCLA,” he wrote. “These past two years here have been two of the best of my life, and I have so many people for that including Coach (Jim) Mora and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play at such a prestigious university.”

He appeared in 26 games, mostly on special teams. He had four catches for 27 yards in 2013, and made five tackles last fall playing mostly on special teams.

  • drakejr

    Thanks for the time you put in and good luck in your future endeavors young man.

  • UCLA owns LA Football

    Good luck Mr. Ortiz.

  • VB

    Too much depth in the defensive backfield (good problem to have). At least he handled it maturely and simply transferred amicably rather than complaining about contribution and playing time like Devin Lucien.

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    He should have redshirted.

    • ProbationU

      Exactly! There are those that have always redshirted and spent their life on the sidelines. Not Jalen Ortiz….but some others.

  • MPPBruin

    I first thought that we should have a better picture of him. But then the fact that we don’t have a better picture is probably part of the problem.

  • Sandy Underpants

    Now we’re really screwed. Six wins at best.

    • Tommy B Low Us

      Yeah USC is going to stink this year. I’d have to agree with you. 6 wins this year might be a stretch though. Maybe sark can manage 5 wins.

      • ProbationU

        Sark is always good for 7.