Athletic 6-4, 250 Nick Fairley from Williamson High in Mobile was one of the most impressive players on the 2006 combine and camp circuit and that carried over into his senior season for Williamson. Now it's time for Fairley to make a decision on his college destination, but he says at the moment he's wide open with just one visit scheduled.
A talented player who is being recruited as a tight end but with the ability to play several positions on both sides of the ball, Fairley is very familiar with Auburn's program growing up in Alabama and because he has several friends who are currently Tigers.
"Auburn is a very nice program," Fairley says. "They have a good coaching staff and great players."
Several of Auburn's players are from the Mobile area including former high school teammate Antonio Coleman and fellow redshirt freshmen Sen'Derrick Marks and Gabe McKenzie. Fairley says having those three on the Auburn campus certainly doesn't hurt Auburn's chances.
"Sen'Derrick was at my basketball game the other night," Fairley says. "I talked to him a while. We played at Vigor, but we were playing Blount. Those guys just tell me to take my time and take my visits. They tell me to see what school best fits me."
Fairley looks for a pass while working out as a tight end at a Scout.com Combine.
Even though Williamson's season didn't last as long as he would have hoped, Fairley says that his senior year was a good one for him individually. Receiving a nomination for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, Fairley says that he played very well despite pulling double duty for the first time in his career.
"The season went pretty good before we lost in the first round of the playoffs to Fairfield," Fairley says. "As for me I graded out at 97 percent on my blocking and had five catches for 150 yards and one touchdown. On defense I had over 90 tackles."
Last spring Fairley showed he was ready to have a breakout senior season when he was one of the most impressive players at a Scout.com Combine in Tuscaloosa. Measuring in a 6-3 1/2, 256, Fairley ran a 4.81 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical leap of just over 30 inches. Throw in a standing broad jump of 8 feet, 10 inches and you have a tremendous big athlete. Fairley says having the chance to compete and learn from some of the best players in the South at various camps made him a better player this year.
"I feel like I got a lot better this year," he points out. "This was my first year playing tight end and when I went to the camps that's where I worked. That helped me a lot."
While waiting on his visits and signing day, Fairley will spend his time playing basketball for the top-ranked Williamson team. Despite losing for the first time last week against Blount, the Lions are currently 14-1 and much of the reason for that is Fairley. Playing inside Fairley is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per contest.