Fitts Announcement Preview

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts is set to make his college announcement tonight at 7:00 P.M. at his high school...

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts is set to announce his college decision tonight at 7:00 P.M., just under a month since his decommitment from USC. The four star player will choose between UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Washington, and Utah.

Annabel Stephan will be on the scene at Fitts' announcement, providing live audio coverage of the event. To listen to the live audio, click here or call (724) 444 – 7444 and enter show ID 121646 when prompted. Additionally, there will be a pre-show featuring Dave Berk, Brandon Huffman, and Greg Biggins starting at 6:45 on the same feed.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins has reported that Fitts is actually leaning toward UCLA, and the recent activity of Fitts would appear to indicate the same. Last week, Fitts, the #12-ranked defensive end in the nation, attended the UCLA vs. USC basketball game at Pauley Pavilion wearing a light blue t-shirt that said "Unfinished Business". He was also seen doing 8-claps.

Fitts' decommitment from USC last month came after he was told by the Trojan coaching staff that they wouldn't be able to take him as an early enrollee due to their own scholarship crunch. While USC was still able to offer Fitts a scholarship for the fall, Fitts opened up his recruitment, with his high school coaching indicating that there was a loss of trust between Fitts and the USC coaching staff.

He then took a number of official visits, including a trip to UCLA where he was hosted by the similarly tempered Xavier Su'a-Filo. Fitts praised the family atmosphere at UCLA, actually saying that it was a closer family atmosphere than at any other school he'd seen. He has also visited Notre Dame (with Eddie Vanderdoes) and Utah since then, and visited Washington in November.

Fitts, the four-star prospect, did stop by USC on Sunday after the Utah visit, and there was some concern that the last minute visit could be a sign that he was leaning back toward the Trojans, but we've heard that it was more the case that the family had committed to doing that a while ago, and they're the types to keep their commitments.

The Army All-American originally committed to USC in the spring of 2012, and had long been reported as a lifelong USC fan. Still, even when he was strongly committed to USC, UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure continued to recruit him, which may very well have given the Bruins the inside track when Fitts finally decommitted from USC.

A significant factor in UCLA's favor over the last month may have been the academic quarter system. With spring quarter starting in March, UCLA can still satisfy Fitts' desire to be an early enrollee, whereas most other schools cannot at this stage.

Fitts is known for his high motor and intensity, and, if he chooses UCLA, could factor into the two-deep as early as next season.

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