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Fitts pulls USC commitment

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In one of the bigger surprises this recruiting cycle, Kylie Fitts has de-committed from USC only days before he planned to enroll in school.
The Redlands (Calif.) East Valley four-star defensive end who just returned from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio did not get into specifics about his withdrawal but did say the last day has been difficult.
"There had just been some developments that occurred over the past 24 hours that have questioned my trust," Fitts said in a text message.
USC has dealt with numerous de-commitments recently - five star safety Max Redfield, four-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and four-star wide receiver Eldridge Massington - but Fitts was completely out of left field for numerous reasons.
First, Fitts has been a die-hard USC supporter since his recruitment started and once the Trojans offered it became blatantly clear he wanted to play there. Second, Fitts planned to enroll early and was only days away from getting to campus.
Third, Fitts showed no signs of wavering even days ago at the Army game and spent a good majority of time there with the other USC commits. There was no public indication that the Redlands East Valley star was even considering a de-commitment.
Then Tuesday morning, Fitts posted on Twitter that he was withdrawing his commitment to USC. Because Fitts has not gone into specifics about the reasoning, numerous unconfirmed rumors have been posited as the news broke.
Fitts said USC is still being considered and that he plans to meet with his family and coaches to work out how to move forward. The last 24 hours have been hectic for the four-star and he said settling down and plotting a plan ahead is important.
"It's a tough time right now," Fitts said. "But I'm going to have a meeting with my family and coaches and come up with a good plan but I am still considering USC."
Rivals.com rates Fitts, who was limited during Army week with a wrist injury, as the seventh-best strong-side defensive end and the No. 108 prospect in the 2013 class.
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