Dylan Fairchild: Elite in-state OL includes UGA among his top six schools

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Elite in-state OL Dylan Fairchild has now cut down his top 10 to a top six.

Dylan Fairchild released his final six schools on Friday afternoon. As expected, the Georgia Bulldogs made the cut.

The 4-star offensive line prospect shared those final six schools from his Twitter account. Those six finalists are:

  • Auburn
  • Georgia
  • LSU
  • Penn State
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Fairchild said that Georgia line coach Matt Luke evaluates him as a versatile lineman.

“But the plan would be to start me out at tackle there,” Fairchild said earlier this year. “Coach Luke sees me as a tackle.”

It impressed Fairchild how Luke waited to offer him in person. As Fairchild relays that story, Luke even asked Kirby Smart to allow him to be the first coach to let him know he had the offer from UGA.

What does he love best about playing the game of football?

“I’ll be honest here,” he told DawgNation in March. “It is just trying to get to pummel and hurt someone over and over all night long. Just ruin somebody else’s night and not having any consequences. I mean really coming from a wrestling background and wrestling and football background it is just who I am.”

“I quit baseball last year because it was too non-contact and too boring. I threw track last year and I told my coaches it was too boring. I have to have contact. That’s my favorite sign about football and wrestling is you get to compete with someone and just try to dominate them all night last. That’s just the best feeling for me. Dominating someone is just really it.”

That offer from Georgia, which came back on an unofficial visit on March 4, seems like so long ago.

“We were blown away,” Fairchild said of the Georgia offer. “It was like drinking from a fire hydrant with all of their academic support and everything. We were kind of just blown away.”

He did grow up in a family of mostly Georgia fans, with some Yellow Jackets mixed in there for good measure, too.

“My Dad I would always go watch football with him,” he said back in March about the Georgia offer. “All the neighborhood friends. Just seeing and remembering all the ‘Go Georgia’ and kind of putting on the ‘G’ and having that feeling like I can play here.”

Check out the junior film for Fairchild below.

Dylan Fairchild: Taking a look at his final six 

South Carolina made the cut. That was all but a certainty. The Gamecocks were Fairchild’s first “big” offer and he’s been developing a relationship with that staff since he first got that offer.

Auburn continues to recruit him effectively. First-year line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. has made him a priority.

“Coach Bicknell at Auburn told me he’s like I’m not going to tell you you’re the greatest player or you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread but I think that, for me, he said that he’s got one guy every single year that he recruits that he’s just got that right connection with and he told me that I’m that guy for him this year.”

Alabama offered Fairchild very recently, too. He’s made at least a couple of trips to check out Tennessee already. LSU and Penn State rounded out his final six.

That LSU offer came right about the same time as he was offered by UGA. Fairchild had previously established a top 10 for his recruitment earlier in the year.

The popular “Crystal Ball” feature on 247Sports currently has logged six predictions for Fairchild’s eventual college choice. Georgia has received 100 percent of those forecasts from recruiting analysts up to this point.

Fairchild won the Georgia High School Association Class 7A state title earlier this year. The West Forsyth rising senior finished with a perfect 46-0 record on the mat. That mark included 46 pins.

He even pinned a wrestler in the state tournament in just four seconds.

What is he looking for in a college fit? It won’t be a wrestling program. He knows he will be a football player at the next level.

Here are a few quotes which identify his core criteria:

  • “My relationship with my coach, well definitely all of the coaches, is definitely going to be big in enrolling and where I go to school.” 
  • “The environment and the players.” 
  • “Really just communication and relationship are my two biggest things. By the time I would graduate [in high school] I would have had three separate position coaches and two separate head coaches so just developing that relationship and stability and knowing that I am going to a solid place is really going to be a big thing for me.”

Want to get a good sense of who Fairchild is as a person and a prospect? Check out his DawgNation Conversation interview below from earlier this year? That conversation took place right before the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down America in mid-March.

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