It was a very busy day for UCLA football on portal front. At least, it was officially.
Over the past few months, it’s been reported and/or tweeted that tight end Evidence Njoku (from Miami), running back Brittain Brown (Duke), cornerback Obi Eboh (Stanford) and defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight (Maryland and Kent State) were all expected to transfer into the UCLA football program. Monday, the Bruins confirmed all three of the additions HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
All four of the new additions are coming to the Pac-12 school as graduate transfers.
Now, for the backstories of the newest UCLA football players?
Njoku was a three-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class who came to The U as a wide receiver before converting to tight end. After playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman last season, he had played in just one game thus far in 2019.
The 6-6, 226-pound New Jersey native finishes the Hurricanes portion of his collegiate p[laying career with just one catch for 11 yards, with that coming in the last year’s regular-season finale against Pitt.
The younger brother of Cleveland Browns tight end (for now) David Njoku is the older brother of current UCLA wide receiver Charles Njoku.
Brown was a three-star member of the Blue Devils’ 2016 recruiting class. He was the No. 46 player regardless of position in the state of Georgia.
In four seasons with the Duke football team, Brown has rushed for 1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns on 222 carries. His best season was his second as he ran for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry as a redshirt freshman.
Brown’s last two seasons were marred by injuries. A shoulder injury cost him four games in 2018, while another shoulder injury sidelined him for the last two months this past season.
Eboh, a Texas native was a three-star member of the Stanford football Class of 2016. He took a redshirt as a true freshman. The past three seasons, the defensive back played in 39 games. He started seven of those contests, including six in 2019. During his time with the Cardinal, Eboh was credited with 41 tackles and five passes defensed.
There is a chance Eboh could face his old team as the Bruins will host the Cardinal Sept. 26.
During the 2019 regular season, Knight led the Golden Flashes in tackles for loss with 10.5. In Kent’s first-ever bowl win this past season, Knight was named as the game’s defensive MVP.
The move away from Kent was odd, if for nothing more than the struggle Knight went through just to see the field in 2019.
Leaving the Maryland Terrapins football program shortly after head coach DJ Durkin was fired amidst scandal in the midst of the 2018 season, Knight ultimately transferred to Kent State in January of last year. Four months later, Knight filed an appeal with the NCAA for a waiver that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility, a waiver that cited “depression symptoms”; in early June, that initial waiver was denied.
Armed with the ability to appeal the original decision, Knight did as much and it proved successful as the MAC program confirmed in June of last year that the appeal was successful and the waiver granted.