New UCLA coach Chip Kelly will see the talent in his quarterback room take a massive leap forward right away in 2018. Washington graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels told CBS Sports on Monday that he will enroll in UCLA in the spring and be immediately eligible to play the 2018 season for the Bruins.
A four-star prospect, per the 247Sports Composite, out of San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, Carta-Samuels was given a full release by Huskies coach Chris Petersen after serving as a backup to Jake Browning for the last two seasons. Carta-Samuels was originally a member of the Class of 2014.
"UCLA is the right place because, first of all, Chip Kelly is a huge reason why," Carta-Samuels told CBS Sports. "He's going to be running an offense that I'd like to be a part of and add to. With that said, it's close to home. Being from the Bay Area, it's just a little bit south.
"Being on a quarter system, up at Washington finishing winter quarter and I can step right in in the spring quarter. So being able to partake in spring ball is a big factor."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder also noted that he's excited to be able to stay in the Pac-12. He has a familiarity with the teams and the defenses, including Washington, who UCLA will host at home in Week 6.
UCLA lands graduate transfer QB K.J. Carta-Samuels from Washington
CBS Sports | Jan 15