UCLA picks up transfer commitment from Ivy League edge rusher
Books and Ball will live on another year in Westwood.
UCLA landed a transfer commitment Tuesday night from former Penn edge rusher Jake Heimlicher. He announced his commitment on social media, writing in part, “I could not be more excited to commit to Coach (Chip) Kelly and Coach (Ikaika) Malloe.”
— Jake Heimlicher (@jake_heimlicher) November 30, 2022
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound edge rusher officially announced he was entering the portal last Monday. Two days later, he shared he’d been offered by UCLA. Things seem to have moved quickly on that front as UCLA seeks defensive reinforcements for next year. Heimlicher will be a graduate transfer with one year left to play.
Heimlicher led the Ivy League in 2022 with 13 tackles for loss and nine sacks. That earned him a spot on the All-Ivy First Team. He was also Penn’s selection to the Academic All-Ivy team. Over the last two seasons, Heimlicher has totaled 25.5 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks.
College football’s new transfer portal window officially opens next Monday, but there’s been plenty of movement around the country as the window draws near.