February 16, 2007

Fairchild a Louisville fan

Trey Fairchild, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver from Coffman H.S. in Dublin, Ohio, is working hard to pick up college scholarship offers. The talented prospect, who has run 40-yard dashes in under 4.4 seconds, is all set to arrive on the recruiting radar.

Fairchild picked up 51 receptions for 766 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, and he also returned two punts for touchdowns and rushed for 280 yards and three touchdowns. "It went pretty well; I was happy with it," Fairchild said of his junior season. "I think I did pretty well playing receiver for the first time. I was a quarterback until this year."

Going into next season, Fairchild said he hopes to reach several individual goals as a senior, including picking up more than 1,000 yards receiving, leading his team in touchdowns, and making the Ohio All-State team.

More important than that, however, are his team goals. "We want to be league champions and definitely win a state championship," he said. "I think we have the players to do that. We have a lot of great players coming back. Once we make the playoffs I think we can get there."

Fairchild does not have any scholarship offers yet, but he is getting attention from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, and Duke, among others.

When asked if he grew up with a favorite team, Fairchild gave an interesting answer: "Being from Central Ohio I grew up as a Buckeye fan, but I always have liked Louisville. It started out because I liked their colors. I always got their hats and stuff and would wear them. Then I started paying more attention to their team. Being a quarterback then, I started watching Stefan Lefors and I really liked him."

"Louisville has always been a school he has wanted to go to," said Trey's father Jerry. "He visited the campus and loved it. He loved the offense that Coach (Bobby) Petrino ran. We did some research on (Steve) Kragthorpe and the offense he runs is similar, with the spread offense and the four-wide."

Fairchild said he ran hand-timed 40-yard dashes of 4.4, 4.36, and 4.37 at the Rivals.com Nike Camp in Florida in January. He also ran a 4.1 shuttle time. Once those numbers get out, there's no doubt colleges will come calling.

Obviously there seems to be a lot to like on the field, but Fairchild's father said his son is a solid citizen off the field as well. "Trey is a two to three bible study a week kid and he has a 3.8 GPA; he's more than just a football player," the elder Fairchild said.

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