October 13, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora and players before playing against the Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

USC Loses Out On DE Kylie Fitts, Commits To UCLA


On Monday Evening, DE Kylie Fitts announced his intention to sign with the UCLA Bruins on National Signing Day, following through with his plan to enroll in college early.

Fitts had previously been a long-time commit to USC and was all set to become a Trojan when the spring semester started in January, when an unfortunate series of events caused him to hastily de-commit. The coaching staff asked him to defer his enrollment to the fall to make room for another athlete to enroll early, and Fitts, who had always dreamed of going to USC, was devastated. He kept the Trojans in consideration after de-committing, but it was no secret he would look into enrolling early somewhere else.

Queue UCLA in the mix.

With USC and Notre Dame being semester schools, the possibility of enrolling early ceased to exist in January. UCLA on the other hand is on the quarter system and starting now is still on the table there. That being the case, the Bruins’ program was the only one he could join early, and so he will get to participate in spring ball this year like he planned.

There was an inkling of hope that the Trojans would land Fitts in spite of what transpired because he took a final unofficial visit to Troy over the weekend, but it seems the snub was too much for him to look past.

The four-star defensive end has elected to become a Bruin, and will sign with them on Wednesday.

Fitts was one of eight players to de-commit from USC, and one of five to do so within a month of National Signing Day. In August, USC toted the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation; now, they stand at about 13th.

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