Playing last season at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi after redshirting as a freshman, Fairley says he can't wait to get to Auburn and get his career as a Tiger started.
"I'm really excited," Fairley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coming out of Co-Lin I was ready to get up there in December, but it didn't happen that way. I sat back and stayed at home and worked out. I got myself together. May 21st I'll be ready."
On Saturday Fairley had the chance to get to Auburn to check out the Tigers in the A-Day game as well as meet up with coach Tracy Rocker to talk some about next season. He notes it was nice to see everybody again and he's anxious to be back in Auburn to stay.
"I got to see a couple of guys and chat with them and hang out with them after the game," Fairley says. "I got to see them do their thing on the practice field. I got to sit with Coach Rock for a little while."
Signing with Auburn out of high school two years ago, Fairly didn't quality and went to junior college. In December he had the chance to sign with another team, but chose to stick with the Tigers. He says part of the reason for that was because of his respect for the new coaching staff.
"This new staff is great," Fairley says. "We're looking to do big things this year. That's what I like about them."
Currently 6-5 and weighing between 270 and 280 pounds, Fairley says the coaching staff has told him he may get a look at both tackle and end on the defensive line for the Tigers. With the athleticism to do both, he says the only question is how big will he be when he arrives.
"They don't really have a goal for me with my weight," Fairley adds. "They just said to maintain what I'm weighing now and it should be good. I'm working out pretty hard right now so I'll be ready when I get to Auburn."
Fairley will have three seasons left to play for the Tigers when he arrives on campus this summer.