Jacksonville DB Took in Junior Day

Mike Fairbanks had some good opportunities as a junior last season. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Lee standout defender talked about his performance.

"I converted to safety," Fairbanks said. "I only played corner in games where they had good receivers. Against Alex Rose from First Coast, I had a pick. That was a good matchup. I ended up with 39 tackles and two interceptions for the year."

Mike Fairbanks, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, will soon be a three-year starter. He wants to be known as a shutdown corner.

"That's what I am," he said. "I shut people down. People critique my weight all day long but I have heart. You can't say that about everyone. Plus, I know the game like the back of my hand."

The talented corner prospect, who also runs track, is getting lots of interest from college coaches already.

"I'd say my top five would be Miami, Louisville, Central Florida, Clemson, and Duke," he said. "I went to Junior Day at Miami. All the talk about The U is true. It's all football there. The competition is great. Their practices are like games. I talked to Coach Hurtt and he said they'll be keeping in touch. I'm going to Louisville on April 8."

Fairbanks, who attended the Scout.com All-American Combine in Jacksonville, carries a 3.6 GPA inside the classroom.

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