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UCLA defensive end Kylie Fitts transferring to Utah

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  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:44 p.m.

    My recollection is that Fitts took his official visit to Utah just before the National Letter of Intent day and then he committed to UCLA. I would say this worked out well for the Utes.

    Welcome to Utah, Kyle!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:58 p.m.

    Pretty good news. Hopefully he makes a big impact for the U.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Welcome Kylie.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    He will love playing for the new coach.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Nice! Welcome to Ute Nation, Kylie.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 24, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    Welcome to Utah Kylie!

    Go Utes!!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    The U has had players transfer to other schools but in almost every case the replacements have been upgrades.

  • NorCalCougarFan&Alum Elk Grove, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Congratulations to Utah for getting Kylie Fitts. I saw this kid play when he was in high school and he's a dynamic athlete. UCLA's bench has so many 4-star athletes that the bench was probably too deep for him to compete. He will be a great addition to Utah.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Duckhunter,

    Every program on the planet wanted him but he recognized the Utes national acclaim so it was an easy choice for him! Playing for Kyle and the Utes guaranties that he will be a star in the NFL and his signing will no doubt will lead to a string of NCs and Rose Bowl appearances for the Utes!

    Go Kylie Fitts!
    Go Defense!
    Go Utes!

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    Re: Duckhunter "Get prepared for the hyperbole."

    Yeah right. He'd already be on the Heisman watch list had he transferred to BYU.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Aug. 24, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Max: It beats playing for an "Independent"

  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 24, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    NorCal, his reason for transferring actually didn't have anything to do with playing time or the depth chart. The PAC-12 has a very hard ruling on intraconference transfers, and one must have a very good reason to have a chance at winning an appeal to not lose a year of eligibility in addition to sitting the required transfer year. We don't know the reason yet, don't know that we ever will, but the PAC-12 does, and has deemed it unrelated to UCLA's depth chart. UCLA's depth at DL is very good, but he was expected to be a much bigger contributor this year than last year. Hope he finds Utah a great fit and has a successful career.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 24, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    ekute

    "Every program on the planet wanted him..."

    Yet the program that had him used him so sparingly that he only made ONE tackle during his entire freshman season.

    It seems the Utes are getting a lot of transfers who have washed out at better programs.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Fitts had offers from Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Auburn, Boise St. California, Colorado, Georgia, Houston, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon St., Pittsburgh, Tennessee, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington St., and Wisconsin.

    I think it's a safe bet that this kid can play.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Once again, I love my PAC 12 membership!

    I don't think we'd have landed him being an irrelevant mid major with no future!

    7-5 season 2014!

  • BruinRay97 San Diego, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    Great addition for the Utes. I was glad that he chose UCLA over Southern Cal last year. Things didn't work out for him in Westwood, but I'm sure he will thrive in a new system with coach Whittingham. Good Luck Kylie!

  • the sage Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    The question one needs to ask is will getting bench players from Oklahoma st. and ucla help you beat ucla and Oklahoma st.?

    If they really were that good would they be transferring?

    It seems they are just hunting for playing time on a WEAKER team.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:27 p.m.

    Looks like a good player. Nice job Utah.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    @2fer

    I never said he couldn't play, just that the rest of us need to prepare to read about his impending greatness from utah "fans" now that he is transferring there. Everyone knows that as soon as any player transfers to utah he automatically becomes the absolute greatest player there ever was and ever could be.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    One exception to the PAC 12's 1+1 intraconference transfer rule (have to sit out 2 years) is if the athlete's scholarship is not renewed.

    When a coach/program supports a player's desire to transfer, it's not unusual for them to indicate they are not renewing the player's scholarship thus allowing them to avoid having to sit out the extra year.

    If that's what happened in this case, it's a classy move by UCLA and Coach Mora.

    Best of luck to Kylie.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    Good kid. Hope he does well.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    He don't get to play much for them but he gets to play a lot for us because we need him and they don't.

    Go Utes!

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Utah is getting a player who couldn't get on the field at UCLA? Sounds about right.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    65TossPowerTrap

    "Utah is getting a player who couldn't get on the field at UCLA? Sounds about right."

    You obviously know nothing about Fitts. He played in six games as a freshman before he got injured. UCLA, who is extremely deep at DE, thought he was good enough to play as a freshman and not red shirt. Where you come up with your information is beyond me. Oh that's right, there is no real information, just a hatred for all things Utah.

    Thanks for playing, come again!

    Ducky: FYI, Fitts came very close to committing to Utah instead of UCLA, that is when Utah fans got to know Fitts and fell in love with him. We all saw that he was special back then and it hurt us all when he chose UCLA. We knew he was special long before he decommited from UCLA. We know what we are getting and we knew it long before he became a Ute. This is information you could have known by actually reading something instead of just assuming, which seems to be your modus operendi. Your hatred for all things Utah drives your posts, not anything based on actual knowledge.

    Go Utes!

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    @Vegas Ute

    Before I respond to your comment I want to congratulate Fitts on becoming a Ute. Ok what I want to know is when/how you "fell" in love with Fitts when we were recruiting him. I literally don't even remember one single article about the Utes trying to recruit him or when he chose UCLA over us. You must have had a more personal relationship with him then the rest of Ute nation.

    By the way I am a Utah fan but I just don't get some of the comments you guys make. I don't think you are able to make claims for ALL Utah fan that "we fell in love with him" and that we recognized he was "special" then. just saying...

  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    TFUDD, for anyone that follows recruiting, Fitts was a pretty big story last year. He was a longtime SC commit, but decommitted close to signing day after feeling SC coaches had been dishonest with him. He took trips to UCLA, Notre Dame and Utah, with all 3 feeling they had a good shot at signing him. He was rated anywhere between the #8-#12 defensive end prospect, depending on the recruiting service, and was viewed as a major recruiting coup for UCLA.

    He played his freshman year behind senior Cassius Marsh at DE (4th round pick), and 2 pass rushing linebackers Anthony Barr (1st rounder) and Jordan Zumwalt (6th rounder), but still saw plenty of time. Perhaps wouldn't have been a starter for the Bruins this year, but he would've seen an increased role.

    I don't think any reasonable person expects him to come in and be a monster right away, but he should at the very least push Dimick and Fanaika for a starting role next year. That's as much insight to his backstory as I can give you.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 2:43 a.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Those words mean very little considering that your fan base believe the your QB will be a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy.... Every. Single. Year.

  • USportsFan Magna, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 3:22 a.m.

    @DuckHunter

    I never said he couldn't play, just that the rest of us need to prepare to read about his impending greatness from utah "fans" now that he is transferring there...

    Actually, you don't need to prepare to read anything. Feel free to not come on "Utah" articles criticizing our comments only to make yourself "Feel better".

    I'm sure that Fitts will be a good player. How good depends on how hard he works to improve. I think this year will be good for him to redshirt and learn about Utah's team.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    @2fer

    Well I don't make that claim, but that said BYU actually has had a qb that won the Heisman plus multiple more that finished very high in the voting. Being the QB at BYU is still an iconic and storied position and any BYU QB that performs at a high level will ALWAYS be in the Heisman discussion simply because of the legacy of QB's BYU has had that won and/or represented highly for that award.

    That may pain you greatly but it is a fact.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Using that logic, any good RB from CU will automatically receive Heisman hype because of Rashaan Salaam. This may pain BYU fans, but the Heisman committee, conferences, bowl commissioners, etc. don't make special concessions for what happened in the 80's and early 90's.

    99% of the time the only place BYU QB's get Heisman hype is from their own fan base. The speculation runs rampant from January until early September, which is when the back-up QB in Provo becomes one of the greatest players on the planet.

  • rogerdodger Logan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Oh yea that's right. I did see Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps way up on the Heisman voting.They represented that iconic and storied position well.Almost as well as Ben Olsen. Truth of the matter is, BYU has had just as many busts at QB as "Heisman finalists". If not more

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    @2fer

    Sorry but that is a failure of a comparison on your part.

    Other than salaam what other colorado RB has ever finished highly in the Heisman voting? How many cu rb's have been consensus and unanimous all american's? Is the rb position at cu a storied and iconic position? Does cu have a legacy of great rb's? Do the cu rb's dominate the NCAA rushing record books? How many cu rb's are in the ncaa hall of fame?

    You see despite how much it irks, pains, bugs, bothers, irritates, and generally makes you mad the BYU qb position is an iconic and storied position with not just a guy that actually won the heisman but MANY that received votes and that finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in voting. In otherwords they finished very high in the voting for that award. When a BYU qb has a stellar season it isn't questioned as a fluke or an anomaly it is simply noted as standard and one of the things expected to occur in college football.

    So yes a BYU qb being in the Heisman discussion is no surprise to anyone, not even you.