Cutting To The Chase

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis skipped the hellos when he got Xavier Su'a-Filo on the phone.

"He just got on the phone and said you know, the two hardest people to get a hold of is you and your coach," Su'a-Filo said. "Then he started laughing."

So did Su'a-Filo.

April 15th was the first day college coaches were allowed to call recruiting prospects, and that evening Weis was apparently lucky enough to reach the 6-foot-5, 275-pound four-star offensive lineman from Provo, Utah. Auburn was the only other program among Su'a-Filo's 20 offers to get in touch as well.

"That's what they both mentioned," Su'a-Filo said. He sports offers from the likes of LSU, Miami, USC and Tennessee. "Coach Weis said you're a priority. We called the guys we want the most, and you're at the top of our list. I thought that was pretty neat.

"I'm surprised they found out my home number."

Su'a-Filo also got a chance to speak with Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood, and offensive line coach John Latina.

"He asked me simple questions about Notre Dame," Su'a-Filo said of his talk with Haywood. "If I knew about them and if I'm interested. I said I'm interested and I want to check it out. He didn't say much. I really talked to coach Latina and coach Weis the most.

"Coach Latina said that he saw my highlight film. They think I'm a great offensive lineman. He said there were some things I needed to work on. It was pretty awesome that he liked my highlight film. He said I moved well. That was a nice compliment. He said he was going to come see me in a few weeks, and I better have a good Italian restaurant in mind of where he can go eat. Then he was saying we're interested in you, the same old. He sounded like a nice guy."

The talk with Weis was Su'a-Filo's first conversation with Notre Dame's fourth-year coach since he was offered.

"Oh man, coach Weis, that guy cracks me up," Su'a-Filo said. "Funniest guy I know.

"He was telling me about Notre Dame, the University, their diversity, culture and race and all those kind of things. He said if you come here you'll be comfortable, and the tradition is wonderful."

"He was basically telling me that him offering me a scholarship, they expect a little bit more academically." Su'a Filo has a 3.2 GPA. "I told him sometimes I get lazy with my schoolwork, and he asked if I can fix that, and said that Notre Dame could be an option and told me to make sure I took care of that.

"Coach Weis seems like a professional guy. He has a sense of humor and I really enjoyed talking to him."

Weis would like to talk with Su'a-Filo in person on the Notre Dame campus.

"I think when coach Latina comes, I'll talk to him about a visit," Su'a-Filo said. "He can't really talk to me, but I think my parents can."

Su'a-Filo and his parents are still learning about the school.

"They know about the tradition. They know about coach Weis coming from the NFL, that he has a lot of ties, and that's huge as far as getting to that next level after college.

"A place like Notre Dame under coach Weis is only going to get better," Su'a-Filo continued. "That was a big rebuilding season. I think if you give coach Weis a few years, he'll have that program back where it needs to be."

Su'a-Filo would like to have a list of favorites narrowed down in the next couple months. He plans on calling programs and letting them know when he isn't interested anymore.

Notre Dame won't be receiving that call for at least a while.

Su'a-Filo has taken trips to LSU, USC, Stanford, BYU and Utah. He'd like to play tackle on the next level. Top Stories