New chapter pic.twitter.com/ChmqgRyHu1— Jalen Ortiz (@The1NOnly_Ocho) May 27, 2015
Ortiz, who started out as a receiver at UCLA, switched to cornerback last year, but didn't find a consistent spot in the rotation. He actually caught four balls as a receiver in 2013, but spent most of the 2014 season working on special teams, recording five tackles on the year. He was named honorable mention academic all-conference selection as a sophomore.
After playing two years, he'll have three more years to play two at whatever institution he chooses. If he drops down a level, he'll be eligible immediately, but if he transfers within the FBS, he will more than likely have to sit out a year.
Since the end of last season, UCLA has seen the early departures of Zach Whitley, Tyler Foreman, Ron Robinson, Devin Lucien, and now Ortiz, with the latter four all transfers. Ortiz's departure does put a little more pressure on players like Denzel Fisher, Johnny Johnson, and Priest Willis (or one of the incoming freshmen) to emerge as legitimate contenders for playing time at corner.