Even among the top high-school talent in the country, UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips stood out in a big way.
The five-star defensive end was a dominant force for the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday with a game-high five tackles. He had 0.5 sacks and one quarterback hurry as his West Team lost 21-17. NBC announcers praised Phillips’ quick, strong hands and full arsenal of moves, calling the Redlands East Valley graduate “the most impressive prospect of the week” with the “look of a future pro.”
Phillips was named the U.S. Army Defensive Player of the Year on Friday before the game.
Fellow UCLA commit offensive lineman Kanan Ray also participated in the game for the West, while the nation’s top defensive back Darnay Holmes announced his pledge to UCLA on national television, spurning USC, Nebraska and Ohio State.