While most of us were gearing up for Harbaugeddon and the Super Bowl, DE Kylie Fitts took a final unofficial visit to Troy on Sunday, reuniting with the school that has been the source of his anguish of recent.
Fitts had been committed to the Trojans for nearly eight months and was out shopping for supplies for his new college dorm room when he got the call that there was no more room for him as an early enrollee. Kiffin and staff asked Fitts to simply wait until the Fall to enroll at Troy, but the defensive end really wants to get college started early, and so he reopened his recruitment to look into doing so elsewhere.
Because Kiffin was at the helm of the decision it was conveyed as malicious, but really the Fitts fiasco is a casualty of USC’s scholarship ban, where the Trojans are forced to make tough decisions in the interest of trying to immediately fill positions of need.
Fitts, a longtime Trojan fan, was obviously devastated and hurt but he never took the Trojans out of consideration. On Sunday, Kiffin and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron made one final push for him before this week’s no-contact period.
The Redlands, CA native will announce where he intends to play his college ball at 7 a.m. PT, with USC, UCLA and Notre Dame being the favorites. If he still wants to enroll early then it’s likely he will choose UCLA, because its quarter system renders it the only school where he could still do so. He recently attended the USC/UCLA basketball game last week wearing blue, but later he also tweeted support for Trojan players as well.
If Fitts does sign with the Trojans, his presence will further bolster USC’s already star-studded class come National Signing Day.