Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rising star watch: Willie Fairman

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Roosevelt-Fresno has become a place where not one, but two college football prospects roam the practice fields.

We've highlighted tight end Ricky McCoy plenty of times on Cali Gold Mine, including this recent scouting report. Now it's time to talk about the Rough Riders' most versatile weapon - 2015 athlete Willie Fairman.

WHAT TO LIKE: At running back, Fairman explodes through holes like a torpedo leaving a submarine. Has a second gear when he runs the football and once he sees an open field, he'll rarely get caught from behind. Shows a cutback ability that can leave defenders out of position. Elusive and adds a spin move to his ball carrying ability. At wide receiver, he runs his routes at full speed and can burn zone coverages. Can drag defenders with him and does a good job of keeping his legs moving after contact is made. Defensively, he's a ball hawk that shows good eyes with spotting the football, then making a play on it. Has soft hands to grab the interception. Also can out-jump receivers for the pick. A threat to score six points every time he touches the football.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Though he's shown to be a determined runner, need to see if he can run defenders over. At 155-pounds, he'll need to add muscle. Can also use a consistent stiff arm while running.

OVERALL: Fairman is a Marshall Faulk-type back for Roosevelt, thanks to his versatility as a running back and wide receiver. He's instinctive on defense at safety and is Roosevelt's top defensive playmaker too. He's in the shadow of West Fresno recruiting hot beds Edison, Central and Bullard. Make no mistake, though, Fairman is one of the most explosive and versatile players in the Central Section. With no word of any scholarship offers yet, Fairman is a big-time sleeper right now in the Fresno region.

STATS: 1,054 rushing yards, 1,044 receiving, 2,688 all-purpose, 28 touchdowns, 56 tackles (5.6 per game) and seven interceptions.


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