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LSU is one school that has enjoyed moderate success over the past five years and the Tigers are in the hunt for several of the state's top prospects for 2007, including Mobile-Williamson's Nick Fairley.
Fairley, a 6-4, 255-pounder with 4.75 speed, plays offensive tackle for Williamson and he is one of the top tackles along the Gulf coast. Last season, he graded out at 97 percent manning the left side and protecting his quarterback's blind side.
Last summer, Fairley attended an LSU summer camp and it was at that time that he realized he may have a future playing tight end.
LSU is one of the schools recruiting him for that position and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Josh Henson is taking the lead role.
"I talked to coach Henson three nights ago," Fairley stated. "We were talking about the upcoming summer and how it was important for me to stay in the weight room and then once August came I should focus on the classroom."
Focusing on his academics is something that is not new to Fairley and that is actually what initially got him interested in the Tigers.
"Before they started recruiting me I looked at their mechanical engineering program and found out they had a great program," he said.
Fairley plans to get a closer look
at the academic side of things at LSU this summer when he travels to
"I saw the weight room and the indoor facility, and everything was pretty nice," he said. "I know they have gotten some new things since I was there so I'm anxious to see what else they have."
One reason Fairley knows about the new facilities is because JaMarcus Russell, who also prepped at Williamson, recently spent some time giving the lowdown on what it's like at LSU.
"He was telling me how they have a nice campus and he likes it there," said Fairley. "He said the coaches and players get along real well and the fans love their football."
In addition to his LSU offer,
Fairley says he has been offered by
He is not ready to name a leader yet but he does have a top six schools that he will be watching closely during the upcoming football campaign.
"It's the four that have offered,