The defensive lineman from Mobile is now on campus preparing for the first summer session of classes that begin on Thursday. He will get a chance to work out with his new teammates and have more than two months to adjust to life at Auburn before preseason drills start.
"Everything is going good," Fairley tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I was just chilling out at home waiting for the day to come when I would get to Auburn. I have been working out and playing basketball to stay in shape."
Signed by Auburn as a defensive lineman who could play either end or tackle, he reported to campus at 6-4, 296 pounds, which suggests he could line up at tackle this fall.
"I don't know yet where I am going to play," he says. "I will have to find out."
Fairley, who spent two falls at Copiah Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi, played one season there and sat out one season from football so he will be a redshirt sophomore this fall for the Tigers. He tried to finish his academic work in time to enroll at Auburn for the spring semester and participate in spring drills, but he wasn't able to do that. However, he is now fully qualified and ready for some football.
"I am very excited," he says about his arrival at Auburn. "It took a long journey to get here and now that I am finally here I am going to make the most of the opportunity. I am ready to work. I am ready to get back in the classroom and get my academics together."
Fairley, who originally signed with the Tigers as a high school senior, says he knows some of the players on the 2009 team and will be getting to meet the others this summer.
"I know A.C., Antonio Coleman, Mike McNeil and Gabe (McKenzie), all of the guys from down in Mobile," he says. "I played ball with them a couple of times. Antonio gave me some good advice. He said just come in with your head straight and listen to what the coaches tell you. They won't tell you anything wrong. If you do that and work hard, you will be alright.
"I am just looking to come in and make a couple plays and help us win a couple of games--win a lot of games," he adds.