Jaelan Phillips is a five-star prospect with Scout and rated the No. 15 overall recruit in the nation.
When you watch his early season action, it's easy to see why. Phillips is one of those rare players who doesn't just have every physical tool you could want but has the motor, toughness and passion for the game to match as well.
Playing a mix of linebacker and standup defensive end, Phillips has 33 tackles in two games, three for loss and nine quarterback hurries. He's simply relentless in the way he plays the game and has made a jump physically from last year in his size and speed.
Phillips now looks all of 6-5, 250 pounds but has also added speed, quickness and a more explosive burst to his game. You just don't see players with his kind of size and athleticism play as hard as he does. Phillips is a kid who never takes a play off and if you're looking for a comparison to a player with similar size, playing style and motor, Green Bay Packer linebacker/rush end Clay Matthews comes to mind.
Phillips is a natural leader and we'll predict he'll be a multi-year captain when he gets to college. His work ethic off the field and the effort he plays with is one of those things that is infectious to those around him. It's tough to imagine any scenario where he's not only successful at the college level but isn't playing on Sunday's as well.
Phillips is a solid commitment to UCLA and isn't planning to take any other visits. He has the talent to play early in his freshman season and is the best defensive end prospect the Bruins have landed in years.
To see some early senior highlights of Phillips in action this year, check out the video above: