Oct. 22, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Leprechaun cheers in the fourth quarter of the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. USC won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Target Kylie Fitts

The former USC commitment visited South Bend last weekend and really enjoyed the trip he said via twitter. Eddie Vanderdoes and Fitts reportedly spent a lot of time together on the trip and both really liked what Notre Dame had to offer. Both guys were committed to USC at one point and now they both have a potential to go to Notre Dame. Fitts will decide his college destination on February 6th, which is national signing day. There are no colleges in the lead according to Fitts, but he said the Irish are in the mix as one of the realistic possibilities. He has a visit to Utah coming up soon, but I’m not sure how much they can offer him compared to USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Washington, and Arizona can. Will it come down to playing time? Or the fact he wants to compete for a national championship in his 4 years at the school he picks?

The 6’4’’ 260 pound defensive end from California is a very consistent player that doesn’t make many mistakes. Looking at his film you see many good things with his technique, motor, pursuit, use of his hands to get off blocks. The thing that sticks out is that he never gives up on a play and takes the best possible pursuit angle so that he will be in position to track the ball carrier down. There are times he gets up the field too quickly and the running back almost slips by him underneath the play. Fitts will also need to add some weight to his frame, but is at a good size for an incoming freshman. If Notre Dame is the place for Fitts he will more than likely not get a shot to play until his sophomore year in a rotation.

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