Blue Valley West coachScott Wright
has coached his fair share of Division I bound offensive linemen, and three of them –Pat Lewandowski, Dylan Admire
– have ended up at Kansas.
But the fourth one – rising seniorMichael Fairchild
– has apparently decided to buck that trend.
Fairchild, a 6-foot-6, 283-pound offensive tackle, gave an oral commitment to Missouri on Monday night.
“We’ve had four D-1 linemen, and he’s the best we’ve had to this point,” Wright said.
Fairchild apparently has brains – Wright says he boasts a 4.0 GPA, an ACT score of 30 and was being courted by Harvard and Yale – not to mention an NFL pedigree. His father,Paul Fairchild
, played collegiately at Kansas and also spent seven seasons as a guard for the New England Patriots from 1984 to 1990.
“It didn’t seem as if I’d find a college better for me than Missouri,” said Michael, who has not been assigned a rating by Rivals.com. “Dad wants me to go where I think it’s best.”
Fairchild apparently felt that was Missouri.
“The coaches are great and I like everything about them,” Fairchild said. “Coach Pinkel has been there 15 years, and he’s going to stay there. And it’s a good academic school.”
Wright said Fairchild, a first-team All-Eastern Kansas League selection in 2012, was also talking to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tulsa and at one point had an offer from Kansas State.
“I love hitting people,” said Fairchild, who added that he doesn’t plan on looking at any other schools.
Fairchild is Missouri's eighth oral commitment for the Class of 2014. He is the second offensive-line commitment, along with three-star Lee's Summit West tackle Kevin Pendleton.