Fitts Opens Things Up

Defensive end Kylie Fitts

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts may have split ways with USC, but remains optimistic as he sorts out his college options and plans visits...

For almost a year, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts had a solid college plan: graduate in December and enroll at USC in January in time for spring ball.

On Tuesday, he was forced to change that plan, tweeting that he had officially withdrawn his commitment from the Trojans. Now, since he's had a day to mull things over, Fitts is ready to take the next step.

"I'm good now. It's over with. I've opened things up and have been talking with my family, my brother. I'm relaxed now. I went to the doctor this morning and finally got cleared to start lifting hard, so I'm going to start working out hard the next couple of days and get back into shape. Besides that, I have three more visits left, so I'm still going to take those last three," he said.

Fitts, who graduated on December 13th, picked up a number of offers during his past two seasons. He's already taken an official visit to Washington and is working on the plans for his final three trips.

"I'm not sure right now about where I'll be visiting. I'm still trying to put a list together. As of right now, the schools I'm interested in are USC, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, and Notre Dame," he said.

Yes, USC is still in it for Fitts, though a few things must happen before he again ends up as a Trojan.

"For them, it's about gaining their trust back. I'm still going to talk with them and Coach Ed Orgeron is coming over on Sunday and we are going to have a talk about things, but as of right now, I'm totally open to everything. It was pretty much that, that they had no more early enrollee spots. I've been committed for almost a year now and I'm supposed to enroll tomorrow, and this happened at the last second, so that's what broke my heart. I lost my trust, so that's what led to my decommitment," he said.

A long time fan of the Trojans, Fitts must now put fandom aside and make sure he chooses the program where he will feel the most comfortable.

"My family made me realize I made my decision on USC with my heart. Now I have to start using my head. I felt like I committed to USC because I loved it and was always a fan. Now that it's been a day, I've talked with my family and I'm using my head to look at different reasons for different schools. That's what I'm going through right now," he said.

Through everything, Fitts is leaning on his faith and those close to him and still considers himself blessed to be in his position.

"Right when I said that I had said I decommitted on Twitter, five minutes later I got calls from Washington, UCLA. After that, my phone blew up. I've been getting calls all day today. I'm blessed that other schools are talking with me. It kind of feels weird that it's all happening again, but I'm just taking it all in right now. I think it's cool. I hope it doesn't get too hectic, but I'm enjoying it," he said.

Whether he'll still enroll early or end up somewhere in time for summer workouts is yet to be determined.

"This happened so late that it's almost too late for me to enroll early anywhere else because of admissions. If I go to school with the quarter system, I'll be able to enroll in March. If I go to another school, it will be in May or June. I'm planning on making my decision on National Signing Day," he said.

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