Fairchild Explains his Syracuse Commitment

Syracuse got a somewhat late start in its recruitment of Dublin Coffman (OH) speedster Trey Fairchild, but it didn't take long for the Cuse, which offered him a scholarship this spring after watching his tape and never having spoken with him, to take the pole position amongst several schools courting him. And SU's efforts paid off today as Fairchild gave the Cuse a verbal commitment.


Syracuse got a somewhat late start in its recruitment of Dublin Coffman (OH) speedster Trey Fairchild, but it didn't take long for the Cuse, which offered him a scholarship this spring after watching his tape and never having spoken with him, to take the pole position amongst several schools courting him. And SU's efforts paid off today as Coffman gave his verbal commitment.

Fairchild, who chose SU over varying levels of interest and offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern and Ball State, called SU assistant coach Steve Russ – his primary recruiter – Monday afternoon to give him the good news.

"He was really happy," said Fairchild, who runs a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash and whom the staff is hoping will develop into a serious big-play threat. "He's been recruiting me for a while and I have a good relationship with him."

Fairchild has been a heavy SU lean for several months now, but didn't want to pull the trigger until the time felt right. On Monday, it did.

"I don't know, just talking to my parents and my coach, it felt like the right time to do it," he said. "It is kind of nice to have it narrowed away."

Fairchild said the foremost reason for his SU commitment was "probably the coaching staff. Everybody was just really personable and made me feel right at home … I really liked the Carrier Dome and all the facilities were great, but mostly just the coaching staff."

Fairchild, who for a speedster has good size at 5-11-and-a-half, 176 pounds as a rising senior, also is excited about the possibility of playing early on.

"They want me to go in there and study all three wide receiver positions and I can get on the field a little bit as a freshmen. Then they have a few guys graduating and I'll hopefully have a chance to start my sophomore year," he said. "They said they don't want to redshirt me."

Fairchild plays for one of the nation's most talent-laden high school teams, and is planning to work on teammate Steve Gardiner, a linebacker who is being recruited by SU.

"I don't know what he's planning," he said, "But I'm sure I'll try to talk it up."

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