Defensive end Kylie Fitts transfers out of UCLA

Defensive end Kylie Fitts has decided to transfer out of UCLA, head coach Jim Mora announced Monday.

“It’s his decision,” Mora said. “We wish him the best in wherever he goes and does after this. We’re just going to march on.”

Fitts wasn’t set to start after notching just one tackle in six games as a true freshman, but he most likely would have factored into the team’s two-deep depth chart.

Originally a verbal commitment to USC, he flipped to UCLA in dramatic fashion when the Trojans wouldn’t allow him to enroll early. But the four-star prospect struggled to make an early impact on the Bruins’ defensive line, and may have been at risk of losing reps to incoming freshmen.

“I would not say I’m disappointed in Kylie,” Mora said. “I’m disappointed because I like Kylie an awful lot. But I’m not disappointed in Kylie. He has different goals right now. I just wish the best for him.”

Mora expects redshirt sophomore Eli Ankou and true freshmen Matt Dickerson and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner to get more playing time in Fitts’ stead.

  • VB

    Good riddance. Don’t need him.

  • VB

    Have fun sitting out a year to finish your college career at a Mountain West school.

  • Brrrrruins

    “Different goals”? Like, doesn’t want to play football? It’s a shame to lose a promising young kid. Mora sounds pissed but not mad at the kid. Maybe he can figure out what is distracting him from playing football and come back. I know Mora is fair. Look at Malcolm and others, they show respect and they can come back. Maybe time away will remind him what a privilege it is to be part of this team.

  • Home of the brave

    See ya, can’t be a team player and play where you are ranked in depth? Don’t need you.

  • facescar

    These “fans” in the comments do not have the right attitude at all.

    If it’s truly for personal reasons, I’m behind him. I wish he could have played for us, but I understand that many other things come before football.

    • VB

      Oh just shut up

  • Danny

    Regardless of the reason, I wish him the best. He chose be one of us, and for that, we should be grateful Once a Bruin, always a Bruin. Good Luck Kylie.

  • Sark and the Seven Win Wonders

    It was a bumpy ride for Kylie after getting betrayed by Kiffin and Co. I wish him the best.

  • Dan Wayne

    Good luck Mr. Fitts, I am sorry to see you leave the program, You are a true gentleman.