UCLA’s depth along the defensive line took an unexpected hit with a player expected to make a more significant contribution in 2014 departing.
Head coach Jim Mora confirmed Monday that Kylie Fitts has decided to part ways with the Bruins. In a tweet, Fitts stated that he wanted to “let everyone know it’s for personal reasons and nothing to do with depth or playing time issues.”
Mora said he wasn’t disappointed in the player’s decision to leave.
“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.”
Fitts also took to Twitter to thank Mora and his staff.
Fitts was a four-star member of the Bruins’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 10 player at any position in the state of California. He played in six games as a true freshman last season.
Mora did allow that Fitts’ departure “does affect our depth.”
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