Auburn All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley will announce his plans regarding the National…
One Saturday in Tuscaloosa
One of the top players that day was future Alabama signee Rolando McClain. McClain earned All-Combine honors and was one of the easiest selections. Rolando went on to win the 2009 Butkus Award, lead Alabama to the 2009 BCS National Championship, earn All-American honors and became the 8th overall selection in the NFL draft as the Oakland Raiders' first selection. Joining McClain in Tuscaloosa for his college career was future grey shirt center William Vlachos. Vlachos took over as center in 2009 and was a key contributor on a Crimson Tide offensive line that paved the way for Mark Ingram who became Alabama's first ever Heisman winner. Chas Henry attended the event and eventually signed with Florida where he would go on to win the 2008 National Championship, All-American Honors in 2010 as well as the 2010 Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter. Ryan Pugh was another Combine standout and before signing with Auburn, Pugh won the 6A state wrestling title over another attendee, Mississippi State signee D.J. Looney. Ryan has earned 2nd team All-SEC honors in his career on the plains and was a leader on the Tigers 2010 National Championship Team. Joining Pugh was linebacker El Toro Freeman who helped Coach Steve Campbell win the 2007 NJCAA National Championship at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Freeman added to his collection on Monday as he helped lead the Tiger defense to one of their best defensive efforts of the season as they knocked off Oregon in the BCS National Championship game. Nick Fairley was named the 2010 BCS National Championship Game's most outstanding player. Fairley, an All-American selection, also won the Lombardi award earlier this season and projects as a first round selection in the 2011 NFL draft. Nick worked out with the tight ends, believe it or not, when he took part in the scout combine where he earned All-Combine honors. Fairley edged out Mississippi State signee Addison Lawrence for 1st team All-Combine honors. Lawrence just completed his second year as the starting right tackle for the Bulldogs. Lawrence has been part of an offensive line that has paved the way for back to back record breaking backs in Starkville. Shortly after the combine ended, Chris Relf, our 1st team All-Combine quarterback, committed to Mississippi State. Relf completed his first year as a starter this past year where he led the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a 52-14 win over Michigan in the Gator Bowl where Chris earned MVP honors. In all there were 38 division one signees in attendance at the 2006 Scout.com All-American combine in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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