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Sunday, January 27, 2013
ESPN 150 DE enjoys Notre Dame trip

By Blair Angulo

The bitter cold of the Midwest struck ESPN 150 defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) as soon as he deplaned on Friday for his official visit to Notre Dame.

The former USC commit managed to pull out his phone to inform his Twitter followers what he was -- or, in this case -- wasn’t feeling.

“Just stepped out of the airport!! Wow I can’t feel my toes! Haha,” Fitts wrote.

On Sunday following his 48-hour stay in South Bend, the four-star prospect joked that he eventually regained feeling in his toes. The snowy conditions did not affect his enjoyment of Notre Dame.

“I kind of got a little used to the cold after a while,” said Fitts, who was hosted by sophomore safety Matthias Farley.

The Fighting Irish were possible players in Fitts’ recruitment even when the No. 8-rated defensive end was committed to the Trojans. He considered visiting Notre Dame during the season but it never panned out, as his commitment to USC and relationship with assistant coach Ed Orgeron strengthened.

That all changed when the Trojans ran out of early enrollment spots. Fitts promptly decommitted to explore other options and Notre Dame is now a possibility.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Fitts was not accompanied by any family members, but was joined in South Bend by former USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).

“It was cool hanging out with Eddie,” Fitts said. “We have very similar school interests, so it’s possible we will end up at the same school.”

Vanderdoes said last week he would shut down all communication with reporters until national signing day. Fitts, meanwhile, said an in-home visit schedule had not been finalized, but he expected USC, Notre Dame and UCLA all to drop by for meetings this week. A one-day quiet period begins Feb. 3; the dead period runs Feb. 4-7.

Fitts previously visited Washington (Nov. 9), USC (Dec. 7) and UCLA (Jan. 18), and will take his fifth and final official trip on Friday to Utah.

UCLA and Washington would appear to be the early enrollment possibilities since both schools operate on the quarter system. The academic calendars for Notre Dame, USC and Utah are based on semesters.

Fitts will announce his college decision on Feb. 6 in a ceremony at his school, and Vanderdoes has indicated he will do the same.