REDLANDS (MaxPreps.com) - Kylie Fitts, one of the top defensive ends in the class of 2013, committed to UCLA in an announcement Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-5, 263-pound standout for Redlands East Valley (Calif.) eschewed other finalists Washington, Notre Dame, Utah and USC.
Fitts is the No. 11-ranked defensive end and No. 91 overall recruit according to MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming. Fitts is also ranked No. 8 nationally among defensive ends according to 247Sports.com.
“In 2012 Kylie did not put up the numbers that people expected of him mainly because of numerous injuries,” said Lemming. “But when healthy, he ranks among the country’s finest DE prospects.”
It was a strange recruitment for Fitts — he originally committed to USC only to later decommit under mysterious circumstances.
“Something happened recently that questioned my trust in USC, so I’m reopening my recruitment,” Fitts said in early January. “It literally broke my heart. I broke down and cried. It was so hard for me and my family. It’s just what’s best for me at this moment. I’m putting it in God’s hands and trusting that everything will work out.”
After decommitting, Fitts took visits to UCLA, Notre Dame and, most recently, Utah.