OL Dylan Fairchild of Cumming, GA plans to drop a top ten list soon. USC has been in hot pursuit, led by head coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Fairchild camped with the Gamecocks last summer, attended a game last season, and was back for a junior day in January. From all that, one might conclude they are a lock to make his short list.
“I can’t say yet, I don’t know,” Fairchild said. “But they’ve definitely been on my mind pretty much since day one. They’ve definitely been one of my top schools from day one. They were my first SEC offer. They believed in me and I believe in them.”
Fairchild acknowledged that USC, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn are four who are hot and heavy with him at this point. He’s now into the relationship building mode with the coaches.
“Me and Coach Wolford, we have a great relationship,” Fairchild said. “Ever since the last day of camp, the relationship has just been growing. I had the opportunity to work with Coach Wolford, so I got a real good feel for how he is, and I liked him a lot. Me, him and Coach Muschamp all have a great relationship.”
With the Gamecocks, Fairchild said, he has been there enough and seen enough to understand the football side of things for him. Now, it’s on to the next level between coach and player.
“At this point, they are just trying to get me to get a feel for what it would be like to be a part of their team,” Fairchild said. “They are basically treating me like I’m already part of them. At this point, they’re just stressing the relationship.”
Fairchild said he will eventually cut his top 10 down five, and those will get his official visits. Besides visiting USC in January, he also got to Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee before the travel restrictions were imposed.
Fairchild is rated a 4-star offensive guard in the 247Sports composite. He’s ranked 20th at the position nationally and the #29 prospect in Georgia.