Fairley originally signed with Auburn out of Williamson High School in February of 2007 and was hoping to be enrolled early at Auburn for the current spring semester.
"I had to take a correspondence class and I didn't meet the deadline with that so I had sit out a semester," he explains. "I've taken the class. I just didn't meet the deadline."
Fairley, who is back home in Mobile, adds that all of the paperwork is in order and he is set to enroll for summer semester classes at Auburn. He will sign with Auburn on national signing day on Feb. 4.
"The coaches are just saying after sitting out this semester to come in ready to work this summer," Fairley says. "I work out every day. I go running for 45 minutes then I lift weights for 45 minutes to an hour."
Fairley says that he'll likely start his Auburn career at strongside defensive end.
"Maybe defensive tackle, but probably end," he states. "Right now I'm six-foot-four, 260 or 270."
Auburn is still two defensive coaches short of a full staff, but Fairley says he's looking forward to working with Auburn's new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
"They're cool," he says of the new coaches. "All I've met is Coach (Gene) Chizik and I met with Coach Rocker, the defensive line coach. We had a good time. We chilled and had a good talk. I think he's a pretty good guy.
"It's going to be great for me because he's been there and done that," Fairley adds. "He just has to show me. I think he'll be a real good teacher for me."
There is a possibility that Fairley could take an official visit to Auburn this weekend, but he isn't sure if that will get worked out in time.
"I've already been there and visited there," he says. "I just want to come up and hang out.
"Antonio Coleman, I went to high school with him and I just got off the phone with him not that long ago. We talk. I know Michael McNeil and a couple of other players up there."
"It'll be like old times," Fairley jokes.