The college football recruiting process wasn’t supposed to be this stressful for Redlands, Calif., defensive end Kylie Fitts. The four-star recruit was all set to follow through on his commitment to the USC Trojans and enroll early, which would have put him in class this week rather than drawing his recruitment all the way out to national signing day. But as Fitts prepares to make his decision, the Trojans got the last shot to sell him on USC once more.
Fitts was all set to enroll early at USC and start classes in January, but just days before he was set to arrive on campus, the scholarship that he was expecting to take turned out not to be available. An emotional Fitts declared his decommitment from USC and opened up his recruitment, instantly making him one of the hottest recruits on the West Coast.
The No. 8 rated defensive end in the 2013 class has taken official visits to the Washington Huskies, UCLA Bruins and Notre Dame Fighting Irish in addition to USC and this last weekend, he was in Salt Lake City to see what the Utah Utes had to offer. During his visit to UCLA, he attended the USC-UCLA game at Pauley Pavillion wearing a Bruin blue shirt, which many fans took as an indication to where he was leaning.
But through it all, Fitts has kept the door open for USC and has kept them as one of his top considerations. That was evidenced on Sunday when Fitts and his family got off the plane from his trip to Utah and drove to the USC facility to talk with coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron to give them the final chance to sway his decision for tomorrow.
Getting Fitts to come back to USC would be huge for the Trojans, who have seen their 2013 defensive line recruiting class get decimated by decommitments. With Jason Hatcher flipping on USC (twice) and Eddie Vanderdoes considered a “miracle” to sign with them on Wednesday, getting one of their defensive line commits back into the fold would be a big win and go a long way in salvaging Kiffin’s 2013 recruiting class.
Fitts has a lot to think about before making his decision Wednesday morning (7 a.m. Pacific). The young man admits that “it’s going to be a tough one” as he tries to make one of the biggest decisions of his young life. Will the final word from USC be the one to sway his decision?