RECRUITING: Faribanks may walk-on to Gators

The Florida Gators have invited DE John Fairbanks to join the team as an "invited walk-on" and compete for a scholarship that may be awarded later to him.

(John Fairbanks profile)

Corona Del Mar (Calif.) defensive end John Fairbanks (6-4, 240) took his first official visit this past weekend to UCLA.

"It was awesome," said Fairbanks. "Phillip Rauscher was my host and I also was with Kai Forbath, Christian Yount and Garrett Green."

While Fairbanks said he didn't receive a scholarship offer from the UCLA staff, they have offered him a chance to walk-on to the Bruin program.

"In terms of an offer, it was as a recruited walk-on. I knew Danny Farmer and my share of Bruins who have walked on and gotten themselves scholarships," said Fairbanks.

In fact, the three schools that Fairbanks has been hearing from, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Florida, have all offered him invited walk-on status which, interestingly enough, suits Fairbanks just fine.

"I'm not going to go the JC route. I believe that with the way I play, I'll earn my shot and get myself a scholarship," Fairbanks said.

A lifelong Bruin fan, Fairbanks said that Florida is actually at the top of his list.

"My goal has always been to play at the highest level and that is the NFL. I feel like the coaches at Florida and in the SEC breed NFL players, and if I'm going to reach my goal, that's the place to do it," said Fairbanks. "If Florida doesn't work out, then UCLA will suit me just fine."

Fairbanks has been to several camps and taken unofficial visits to the Gainesville campus as well as to Georgia Tech, and he said he would choose from amongst those three schools within a week after Signing Day.

"I have three great schools that I could continue my education at and also have the chance to earn a scholarship," said Fairbanks. "I'm not complaining."

A three-year starter for Corona Del Mar, Fairbanks concluded his senior year with 80 tackles and five sacks.

Academically, he sports a 3.3 GPA and scored a 1650 on the new SAT.

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