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Monday, February 4, 2013
DE Fitts gives Trojans one last chance

By Blair Angulo

If it were up to him, ESPN 150 defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) wouldn't be facing a signing-day decision.

All of the tension and speculation would be over.

The former USC commit never expected to be tangled in a stressful situation as Feb. 6 looms. He initially had no plans to stretch out the process and surely didn't anticipate to be such a hot topic in the West region these last few weeks. If it were up to him, he'd be taking classes and studying for exams.

On Sunday afternoon, the four-star prospect unofficially visited USC, the school he had been committed to for eight months before early enrollment was no longer a possibility. Immediately after his decommitment, the two parties appeared to part ways as emotions ran high. But Fitts decided to give USC coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron one last chance Sunday before the start of the no-contact dead period.

"I went there because Kiffin wanted to see me one last time before I made a decision," Fitts said. "But we had a good talk with Kiffin and Orgeron."

Fitts will announce his college choice at 7 a.m. PT on Wednesday during a signing ceremony at his high school. He expects to have the hats of five schools on the table, though USC, UCLA and Notre Dame appear to be the three under serious consideration. UCLA, which runs its academic calendar on the quarter system, is the only one where early enrollment is possible.

Fitts officially visited Utah over the weekend, his fifth and final trip following earlier visits to Washington (Nov. 9), USC (Dec. 7), UCLA (Jan. 18) and Notre Dame (Jan. 25). Earlier in the week, the 6-foot-4 prospect attended the UCLA-USC basketball game at Pauley Pavilion wearing a blue shirt, perhaps hinting at where he was leaning.

But after landing at the Long Beach airport on Sunday morning, Fitts and his family made the 25-mile drive to the USC campus.

"It's going to be a tough one on Wednesday," Fitts said.