Joseph Fauria (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) joined Kyle Rudolph as Notre Dame's second tight end to commit in the 2008 recruiting class. Fauria made his commitment to Charlie Weis shortly after Notre Dame's annual spring game this past Saturday.
"I got to Notre Dame [Saturday] morning," Fauria responded when asked about the events leading up to his commitment. "We went to the Gug. I talked to coach Polian for a little bit and he took me and my mom in to meet with coach Weis. Coach Weis basically asked me if I could find a reason not to commit. I told him that I couldn't come up with one. At that point he bet me that I would commit by Sunday.
"I had a full day with everything going on. I toured the campus. I talked to some recruits. I met Kyle [Rudolph] and he's a great guy and I think he's going to be a great player. I watched the Blue-Gold game. After the game I got to go to the locker room. I got to meet John Carlson. He's a really good guy. I met Konrad Reuland, who went to school about 45 minutes from me. I talked to his brother Warren. I met Will Yeatman and I saw Kevin Brooks, a walk-on tight end, who went to my high school.
"After that, I talked to my mom and my grandfather, and I told them that I thought that this was the best place for me," Fauria said. "My mom said that I couldn't stop smiling, so that's when I decided to commit to Notre Dame."
Although Joseph hadn't been to Notre Dame before last weekend, he had a very good feel for what the program had to offer. He grew up a big fan of the Irish, but possibly more important was the fact that he had an understanding of what to expect from the coaching staff. His uncle, Christian Fauria, played under Charlie Weis in New England, so Joseph had a solid source he could rely on to provide feedback about his college decision.
"A couple weeks ago I went to visit my uncle," Joseph explained. "Coach Weis encouraged me to talk to him about my decision. My uncle told me what type of coach he is and how he would mold me into a great tight end and how hard he'd work to get me as far as he could go. He said that he'd develop me as a player, so that I would reach my potential and that he'd make me reach to go farther.
"My uncle said that coach Weis knows how to use tight ends," Fauria explained. "He said to expect an offensive genius. He said coach Weis knows his X's and O's and that he'll focus on the tight end. He also said that's he's a family oriented guy. So, I'm excited about the opportunity I'm going to have."
Fauria also has another connection to the Notre Dame program, or at least someone that he'll be comfortable with once they both arrive on campus.
"Dayne Crist is a friend of mine," Fauria said. "We played AAU basketball together. We see each other here and there. We both played Pop Warner. We played flag football against each other. This whole recruiting process made us closer friends. It's really cool to renew a friendship. Dayne is a good kid and I can't wait to catch the ball from him."