As fellow official visitors walked toward the field through the Coliseum tunnel on Saturday night, USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) looked up at the stands and envisioned a sellout crowd. He imagined himself in a USC uniform -- a thought that sent chills through his body.
Perhaps the biggest Trojans fan among USC’s verbal commitments, Fitts fulfilled a lifelong goal this weekend by officially visiting the campus.
“Stopping by the Coliseum on Saturday night was probably the best part of the whole visit,” Fitts said. “Growing up, it has always been a dream of mine to play at the Coliseum. Going through that tunnel gave me chills. I got caught up in the moment, picturing the crowd. Coach (Ed) Orgeron was there telling us to imagine taking the field and playing under these lights. ... It was amazing. I got a lot out of the visit. Being there on campus so much this year on unofficial visits, there’s not a lot of new stuff to learn. But talk to Coach O and being there this weekend gave me the feeling of already being enrolled. I can’t wait.”
Fitts won’t have to wait much longer, as he’s scheduled to attend his first class Jan. 14 at the start of the spring semester. He joined fellow early enrollees Max Browne, Su'a Cravens, Justin Davis and Chris Hawkins on official visits this weekend.
On Sunday, Fitts took a much-needed nap.
“There’s just a lot going on,” he said with a laugh.
The four-star defensive end had a one-on-one meeting with Orgeron to discuss his role on the line. The two went through film, with Orgeron detailing what the plan is for Fitts once he arrives on campus. After the meeting, Orgeron gave Fitts a ride back to the recruits’ hotel.
“Freshman (linebacker) Scott Starr was my host,” Fitts said. “He’s a really cool guy. I met him last year when we played them. It was great.”
Fitts saw his high school season end prematurely when he broke his wrist on Oct. 12, but that didn’t prevent him from being a staple at the Coliseum all season. Up next is the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 5, for which Fitts believes he’ll be ready for.
“The recovery is going really well,” Fitts said. “This past Wednesday I had an appointment for X-rays and the doctor told me everything is going great and normal. I start working out on Friday with a little lifting. I’ve been doing mostly conditioning and lower body workouts. I think at the Army game I’ll do some contact, but not the hard contact. I should be good for the game. I’ll just wrap up my wrist pretty good.”
Fitts met with a professor from the business school and has interest in pursuing a degree in that field. But when it comes to football, Fitts said he and the other recruits can hardly contain their excitement.
“We’re all really anxious to enroll already,” Fitts said. “Going through this visit fired us up.”