On Monday, InsideSocal.com reported that sophomore defensive end Kylie Fitts (6'4", 275 pounds) decided to transfer out of UCLA and pursue his college football options elsewhere.
And last night, the Fresno Bee reported that, along with Fresno State and FCS-level Montana State, San Diego State is one of Fitts' possible landing spots. Fresno Bee reporter Robert Kuwada wrote that UCLA has granted Fresno State permission to contact Fitts. However, Kuwada also wrote that it's unknown just how many schools have received that permission to contact the former UCLA defensive lineman. According to 247sports.com, sources also indicate that Oregon has interest in Fitts.
If Fitts transfers to Oregon, Fresno State or SDSU, he would have to sit out 2014 and then would have three years of eligibility remaining. If he were to transfer to Montana State, an FCS school, he could play immediately.
ESPN, Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com all gave Fitts four stars as a senior defensive end at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands, California in 2013. ESPN ranked Fitts the 85th best overall 2013 recruit and the eighth best defensive lineman recruit.
Fitts played little in his freshman year at UCLA, logging just one tackle in six games before getting surgery on his hand in November. But on Monday, Fitts tweeted that his leaving UCLA was "for personal reasons and nothing to do with depth or playing time issues." He also tweeted that he wanted to "thank the coaching staff for all they have done for me and especially Bruin Nation for all [its] support."
If he signs with the Aztecs, Fitts would join a 2015 defensive line unit that already has a high-school four star recruit in Christian Heyward. Needless to say, if two of Rocky Long's three starting D-lineman in his 3-3-5 defense are four-star recruits, that unit is going to scare some people. If Fitts is looking to stay close to his home in Redlands, SDSU would be his closest option of the schools named above.