Wyoming lands verbal commitment from UCLA transfer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A cornerback from UCLA has decided to transfer to Wyoming.

Jalen Ortiz verbally committed to the Cowboys on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior will sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Ortiz tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.Ly/1Gt7n5H ) that Wyoming was one of the first schools to reach out to him following his May 26 decision to leave UCLA. His three finalists were UW, UNLV and Bowling Green State.

Ortiz, who had offers out of high school from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah and Washington, said he visited Laramie on June 14-15.

In two seasons at UCLA, Ortiz appeared in 26 games, mostly on special teams. He made five tackles last year, including four against Texas.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.Trib.Com.

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