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Football: A new recruiting mess for USC

January 8, 2013 | 11:32 am

USC is facing a new recruiting mess involving standout defensive lineman Kylie Fitts, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman who graduated early from Redlands East Valley and has been a longtime Trojan commit.

Redlands East Valley Coach Kurt Bruich said on Tuesday that Fitts is no longer headed to USC after the Trojans told him on Monday they no longer had a spot for him to enroll early and wanted him to wait until June.

"The trust has been lost," Bruich said. "He did everything they asked of him."

Fitts played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last week. Bruich said USC coaches were looking forward to Fitts' arrival. Then plans suddenly changed.

Now Fitts is scheduled to meet with Bruich on Tuesday afternoon to discuss options and reopen his recruiting. UCLA had been actively recruiting him until his USC commitment months ago.

Fitts told, ""Something happened recently that questioned my trust in USC, so I'm reopening my recruitment. 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 in God's hands and trusting that everything will work out."

UCLA has already scheduled an official visit with Fitts for next week. USC will continue to recruit Fitts.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Kylie Fitts. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.