Fauria talks SC Junior Day

Encino (Calif.) Crespi tight end Joseph Fauria (6-7, 245) packed in a pair of Junior Days last weekend, visiting Stanford on Saturday then USC on Sunday.

The trip to Palo Alto netted him an offer, though he didn't get one from USC.

"I went to USC's Junior Day last month (for their meet and greet), and the only difference was, when I went to that one, I had one offer but this time I had seven offers so they really knew who I was," said Fauria. "I saw the campus, which I've seen a few times before and it was a great experience. I didn't speak with Pete Carroll, and I only spoke with Brennan Carroll a little bit because he was running things, but I spoke a little to Coach (Steve) Sarkisian.

Fauria said he didn't receive any kind of indication that an offer was coming but said if an offer from the Trojans came, that would greatly enhance their chances.

"They haven't told me one way or the other if they're going to offer me, but if they did, they would be one of the top schools I'd consider," said Fauria.

Stanford did offer Fauria following their Junior Day, and it made a big impact on him.

"Besides the great and unbelievable coaching staff, the vibe I got from them was huge," said Fauria. The tight ends coach filled my expectations and Jim Harbaugh, I loved him a lot. I got a great vibe from him. It doesn't seem like another 1-10 season is going to be happening."

Two other schools have been showing interest in Fauria, though neither has offered, but that hasn't stopped him from reciprocating it.

"North Carolina has begun to show a lot of interest," said Fauria. "Coach Steve Hagan and I have talked and they could be offering. And on Friday, I spoke with Charlie Weis for about 20 minutes and we had a really good talk. He wants to know if I'm serious about Notre Dame. They just got a really good commitment at tight end and he wants me to call him back on whether I'd consider them if they offered me. My uncle (Christian Fauria, who played for Weis in New England) basically said he was a genius. I was at the Super Bowl and got a quick snap picture with him and now he's recruiting me."

Fauria will actually get to hear more about Weis and the recruiting process in general this week, as he's visiting his uncle back East.

"I'm going out there to meet with him and talk about the whole process," said Fauria. "He's been a real big help to me. Colorado has offered me, and of course, he went there, but part of me would like to make my own name."

Fauria said that it was to early for him to name one clear leader, but that his top schools were Stanford, Nebraska, UCLA and LSU from the offered schools and North Carolina, Notre Dame and USC from the unoffered schools.

He said that he wasn't in a hurry to make a decision.

"I'm not going to go on FSN anytime soon and pick a hat, I'd like to take my five official trips," said Fauria. "I'm kind of biased right now, because UCLA and Stanford are the only schools that have offered me that I've visited, so I want to see some other schools.

Fauria said one of the highlights of the recruiting process has been renewing old friendships and meeting new friends.

"I caught up with Dayne (Crist) up at Stanford and we renewed our friendship and talked a lot about the similar offers we have and how cool it would be to play together in college," said Fauria. "And you go to these camps or junior days and you get a friendship with a lot of these guys and you'll remember they were in your class, or you played against them. That's the great thing about this process.

Fauria will attend the Scout.com Combine later this month, the Nike Camp at Stanford next month and then the B2G Elite Football Program this summer.


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