Fitts After Notre Dame Trip

With various official visits and in-homes happening before National Signing Day, Redlands (Calif.) defensive end Kylie Fitts has a big decision to make...

Redlands (Calif.) defensive end Kylie Fitts took his fourth official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend, his first time in South Bend.

"It was a great visit. I had a really good time. I talked with the coaches a lot and got a feel for them. I hung out with the players at night, went on a campus tour. I saw the stadium and everything; it was all really cool," he said.

Fitts' host for the weekend was safety Matthias Farley, who gave the athlete a good idea of what playing ball for the Irish would be like. Fitts also had the chance to spend some time with the coaching staff and hear their reasoning about why he should commit to the program.

"They were talking to me about how good the football program is right now. It's just not just the program, but also the school and the academics and how amazing it is. Then you add on all the tradition of Notre Dame football. It was really cool to talk to Coach [Brian] Kelly and hear him saying it," he said.

Regardless of the cold, Fitts enjoyed his time on campus.

"I went in there to see how it was, kind of had an idea of how it would be, and there was a lot more than I was expecting. It exceeded my expectations," he said.

Fitts was on the visit with defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes; both athletes were one time USC commits.

"We didn't really get to spend a lot of time together since you're always going from one place to another on visits, but in the little time we did talk, you could tell that we have a lot of the same interests in what we're looking for in a school. It's very similar.

"I have a good feeling that we'll probably end up, maybe, at the same school. It would be cool to play alongside him," he said.

Now, back home in California, the process continues for the 6-foot-4, 260 pound prospect, who had an in-home visit with Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi on Monday night.

"It was good. It was their last in-home visit, just trying to get a few last words in. They were mainly explaining how badly they want me and how I could come in and make an impact. I didn't learn anything new, but it was just a reminder of what they have to offer," he said.

USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, and offensive line coach James Cregg are supposed to stop by this week. UCLA head coach Jim Mora and offensive line coach Angus McClure will be by the household on Thursday, as well.

Fitts will take his final visit to Utah on Friday and will wait to narrow down his list until after the trip.

"I'm going to wait until after my Utah visit to eliminate any schools. I'll probably still have five hats up there when I make my decision. It's probably going to come down to the last second," he said.

The defensive end will announce his commitment at a ceremony held at his high school on National Signing Day.

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