A little less than three weeks after leaving UCLA, it seems as if Kylie Fitts has found a new football home. And, as it turns out, the player won’t have to shift any type of conference allegiance with the move.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Fitts “has elected to transfer from UCLA to Utah.” The defensive end will be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules but will be eligible to play for the Utes in 2015. He will then have three years of eligibility remaining.
It was originally thought that the California native was looking to stay in the state, with Fresno State and San Diego State mentioned as the most likely landing spots.
Fitts was a four-star member of the Bruins’ 2013 recruiting class — after originally committing to USC — 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.
At the time of his departure from UCLA, Fitts stated that it was “for personal reasons and nothing to do with depth or playing time issues.”
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”