Fitts Is a Bruin

The Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end, Kylie Fitts, commits to UCLA...

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts is staying in Los Angeles after all.

But instead of it being USC, it will be at UCLA.

The four-star committed to USC back in April, then decommitted in January.

Fitts was set to enroll last month at USC, he signed intent-to-enroll papers in December, but when his early enrollment was delayed, he opened things up.

"During the year, when I was committed to USC, I looked across town and was almost kind of jealous, and it looked fun to play there and I saw how much fun they were having," said Fitts. "I believe everything happens for a reason. Rigth when the incident happened, the d-line coach (Angus McClure) called right away and we had a good talk, and then talking with Coach Mora, I thought its the greatest coaching staff in the nation and UCLA is on the rise."

It was on the visit where Fitts felt that Westwood would be his destination.

"I went on my visit and realized that UCLA was the best place for me," said Fitts.

Fitts factored the relationship with the coaches heavily into his decision.

"That was one of the biggest things, the relationships with the coaches," said Fitts.  "I just felt like, when they were coming for an in-home, it was like my uncle or my family, and have always been great people.  It really helped with building relationships."

Defensively, Fitts likes how UCLA wants to use him.

"They believe I was the best fit for that defense (the 3-4) and I think my body is going to grow into a defensive tackle so they said that Datone Jones' position will be a perfect position for me," said Fitts.

Fitts said he was relieved to end the process once and for all.

"It means the world to me to have this all over with," said Fitts.  "I've enjoyed the recruiting process and I've learned so much about everything.  The recruiting process took me all around the country. It took me to Utah, it took  me to South Bend and it took me to Washington."

Fitts said that he will turn his attention to Eddie Vanderdoes now, like Fitts, an early commit to USC, and a recruit who will announce his decision tomorrow.

"I'm going to start bugging him like heck," said Fitts.  "I hope he's a UCLA Bruin though.  If we get a couple guys, we'll be a top five class.  And I think UCLA is on the rise and will be competing in the future."

That allowed other schools, namely Notre Dame, UCLA and Utah, to get a visit from him.

And on Tuesday, the Bruins ended up with his commitment.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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