"Ill-Prepared" Fauria Has Great Time

Joseph Fauria was prepared. The Encino, Calif., product brought his winter coat and warm clothes for his official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend, where the temperature sometimes dipped below zero.

"I forgot my coat in someone's dorm," Joseph Fauria said with a laugh. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end, did that on Friday, and did not get it back until Sunday.

"I had to wear a sweatshirt," the four-star verbal commit continued. "I was ill prepared. I'm an L.A. guy trying to deal with the weather. The coaches were getting on me."

A preview of what's to come this summer, when the coaches can get on Fauria for football-related activities instead. And a time Fauria can't wait for.

This weekend was the first time Fauria had been on Notre Dame's campus since the spring game last April. Hosted by freshman offensive lineman Taylor Dever, he spent some time with head coach Charlie Weis and the rest of the coaching staff, checked out the business school and toured the campus again.

"Really the whole thing," Fauria said when asked what the highlight of the weekend was. "Talking with coach Weis again. Just being on campus. It had been awhile. Since April. It's been too long. It's going to be my new home soon, so I have to get used to the weather and everything.

"I loved being here."

Fauria and fellow commit Jonas Gray were on campus, as well as three-star defensive end recruit Kapron Lewis-Moore.

"He had a real good time," Fauria said, also making sure he got Moore's cell number before leaving. "He fit in perfectly with all the guys he was hanging out with. He liked it a lot. I'm going to keep going at him."

Fauria spent a lot of time with Jimmy Clausen and Brian Smith, and got to meet a lot of his future teammates.

"They are all good guys," Fauria said. "I can't wait to play with them."

Or see them again. Fauria is hoping to make it back to South Bend for the spring game in April, when leaving a coat behind in someone's dorm room won't be as big a deal.

"Oh god, everyone was telling me it's not usually like this."


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