After being hired back in December, Fairchild was left with just four weeks to complete his first recruiting class, a process that usually takes up to a year and a half.
But somehow, Fairchild pulled it off.
It’s no wonder the new coach has yet to unpack some boxes in his new office at the McGraw Athletic Center.
The former CSU quarterback announced on Wednesday that in the past month, while at the same time completing his coaching staff, he convinced 25 players to commit to play for the Rams.
Not an easy task considering that CSU has gone 7-17 in the past two years.
The recruits come from all over the country, from California to Florida, and in all shapes and sizes, from a 5-foot-11, 150-pound kicker to a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive lineman.
And because most of these kids are still just that, kids, we’ll hold off on passing any judgment on their overall level of talent (see Justin Holland). But in case you were wondering, the recruiting Web site Rivals.com rated CSU’s class fourth out of the nine-team Mountain West Conference.
How those guys get by on rating high schoolers like movies, we’ll never know.
What we found interesting about this group of future student-athletes is its collective academic interest.
Ten of the 25 commitments plan to study business at CSU.
So even if this class doesn’t pay dividends on the field, maybe they’ll help find a way to pay our coaches who no longer work here.