Utah with the coup of coups in landing UCLA defensive end transfer Kylie Fitts on Saturday after the former highly touted prospect decided to transfer out of Westwood earlier in the month.
Fitts, the #12 ranked defensive end in the 2013 class, originally planned on signing in the spring of that year with USC (his childhood favorite), but the Trojans ran out of scholarships and asked him to postpone his enrollment until the fall just a few days before he intended to arrive on campus.
The 6-4, 260 pounder opened things up, taking official visits to Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Utah. The trip to Salt Lake City was an eye opener in which Fitts really enjoyed his time and gave the Utes serious consideration. In the end he decided to stay in California and play for Jim Mora.
The 2013 season was filled with ups and downs as Fitts played sparingly, registering one tackle for loss in six games before wrist surgery ended his season prematurely, but was in UCLA's 2 deep heading into fall camp and was expected to be a contributor in. The kid from Redlands didn't feel comfortable at UCLA and was looking for a better fit to help himself grow on and off the field. In the end, he determined that Utah was the best place for him to do so
With Fitts winning his NCAA appeal and only having to sit out one season (during which he'll redshirt), the big guy should compete immediately for a starting spot in 2015. The graduation of Nate Orchard won't sting as much and the return of Hunter Dimick, Jason Fanaika, Lowell Lotulelei, and Seni Fauonuku should give the Utes one of the top front fours in the conference. Fitts looks a lot like a more athletic version of Dimick, who is already been pegged as one of Utah's starters this season.
With a favorable slate and a host of returning starters, Utah's 2015 season was setting up well. The addition of Fitts only makes this team better and more prepared to make their run that will be lead by Utah's signature nasty defensive front.
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