Commitment Roundup

Encino (Calif.) Crespi's special season came to an end Saturday night, and four-star tight end and Notre Dame verbal commit Joseph Fauria lost his voice. He and his Celts teammates lost to Long Beach Poly, 13-3, in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship game.

"I was screaming last night," a hoarse Fauria said.

The passionate Fauria had just one reception in the loss, and Crespi (11-3) had only 262 yards of offense.

"It was tough to pass the ball early in the game because it was raining and everything," Fauria said.

Crespi finished 6-5 last year, its first season in the top-tier of Pac-5 after winning Div. X titles in 2004 and 2005. They really bounced back this fall, nearly winning it all. Even with the injury to quarterback and high-level Division I recruit Kevin Prince, also Fauria's best friend, the Celts were able to keep the season together.

"When Kevin Prince went down we were all doubtful about the season," Fauria explained. "But we rallied."

Now that the season's over the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Fauria can't wait to take his official visit to Notre Dame. He was planning on visiting this past weekend for the team's banquet, but the late playoff run prevented him from coming.

"Hopefully soon," Fauria stated. "I can't wait to get back there and see the campus again."

Like he did a couple weeks ago, Fauria said the rumors of him looking around at other schools is totally untrue.

Fauria was the first person head coach Charlie Weis visited as the coaches immediately hit the recruiting road across the country two weeks ago. He is expecting a visit from tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee this week.

***Four-star commit Omar Hunter and his Buford teammates will play for the Georgia AA state championship next Saturday, overpowering Dublin, 48-0, at the Georgia Dome, early Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-2, 297-pound Hunter and the rest of the Wolves defense held Dublin to just 22 yards of total offense in the first half, helping build a 35-0 lead.

Buford will host Lovett this weekend for all the marbles.

***Four-star defensive back Jamoris Slaughter and Tucker High saw its season come to an end, losing to Northside Warner Robbins, 31-28, at the Georgia Dome in the AAAA state semifinals, Friday night.

Tucker built a 28-7 lead at intermission, but quarterback Marques Ivory guided his team to the second half come-from-behind victory. He tossed three touchdown passes, as Warner Robbins (14-0) has now won 29 games in a row.

Before this game, Slaughter and the Tucker (13-1) defense had not allowed over 14 points this season. Top Stories