Next weekend, there will be an pleasant surprise visitor in South Bend. Defensive end Kylie Fitts reopened his recruitment and will visit Notre Dame and Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly. Fitts could be a great addition to a very good Notre Dame defense. He’s four-star recruit from Redlands East Valley High school in California and was ranked as high as seventh nationally for defensive ends. He took extra classes throughout high school to graduate early and his intent was to enroll for this semester, but things changed drastically.
Fitts was set to play for the USC Trojans but thanks to coach Lane Kiffin temporarily suspending his scholarship, he decommitted. Kiffin later explained that USC had a spot for Fitts, but a senior unexpectedly chose to stay, causing Fitts to lose his spot.
Who could blame Fitts for decommitting from the Trojans? Fitts spoke to USC coaches at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and talked about how excited they were to have him coming to USC. Things changed the following week for Pitts, who received a call three days before he was to arrive on campus. Recruiters from USC asked him to hold off on reporting until summer.
After USC broke their word, Fitts is looking elsewhere and could end up at Notre Dame or another rival of the Trojans. This weekend, he will visit UCLA and next weekend, he will go to Notre Dame. Fitts also talked to Chip Kelly at Oregon, but with Kelly being named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles this morning, it’s unlikely that Eugene could be the new home for Fitts.
Notre Dame could be ideal for Fitts. He will not be the first recruit to decommit from USC and pick the Irish–and hopefully he will not be the last.