The Missouri Tigers added their eighth known verbal football commitment for the class of 2014 today.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Blue Valley (KS) West OT Michael Fairchild 6'6" 270 after he pulled the trigger and called Tiger coaches to tell them of the news.
"I just got of the phone with them about 10 minutes ago letting Coach Pinkel, Coach Hill and Coach Walker that I was accepting their offer to become a Tiger and play for Mizzou,"said Fairchild.
The big offensive lineman picked up an offer from Missouri back in February, and decided that now the time was right to make the call.
"I took and unofficial visit there a little while ago and watched practice, toured the campus and saw the facilities. The Missouri coaches said they liked my size and ability to move. They feel as though they can make me into the best lineman that I can be. That even though I wasn't already a 320 pound guy that they think I move well and will be able to develop into a 300 pounder."
Fairchild, who also made unofficial visits to Kansas State, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Tulsa and Rice, and has offers from Harvard and Yale, said that the more schools he saw made him realize that Missouri was where he wanted to be.
"I had the Ivy League offers and every visit I made just made Missouri seem that much better to me and helped me know that it was where I wanted to go to school and play at. I want to major in mechanical engineering, and the academics and football are the best mix. I wanted to commit last week, but another player did, so I thought I would wait and today seemed like the right day," he said.
Michael told me that the Missouri coaches were all excited about his decision, and he also shared his thoughts on himself as a player and what he brings to Missouri.
"I would say my attitude and work ethic are my best attributes. I play left tackle in high school, but I can play any position along the line that they want me to. I like to run block, but I move well and I know at Missouri that pass blocking will be important."