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Recruiting trail still hot for Fauria

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There is no question that Joseph Fauria (6-7, 247, 4.75) from Encino (Calif.) Crespi is the hottest tight end on the West Coast if not the country. He was already on a tear getting one offer after another and now it looks like there is no slowdown in sight. He received another big offer at a junior day recently and there may more in the very near future.
The Stanford Cardinal have joined the fray of offers with Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, LSU and the school that kicked it all off Ole Miss.
"Stanford went really well," Fauria said. "I had a lot of fun and had a really good experience.
"The Stanford coaching staff is what I'm looking for," Fauria said. "They were high tempo, very energetic and mean business. I didn't commit but it was in the back of my mind when I was speaking with Coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Losing is not in Coach Harbaugh's vocabulary. He didn't come right out and say that I just felt that from talking to him.
"I also liked my position coach, Tim Drevno, and Andy Buh the recruiter in my area."
"I also went to USC and it was my second time junior day there," Fauria said. "I got everything I needed the first time I was there, but this time they knew who I was.
"The last time I was there I only had one offer and now I'm up to seven in just over a month."
The excitement doesn't end with Stanford and USC for Fauria.
"I got a chance to speak with Coach Charlie Weis on Friday," Fauria said. "I was really surprised when I received a text message from Coach Brian Polian. He told me to text back when would be a good time for me to call him.
"Coach Weis wanted to know if I would take Notre Dame serious and I was interested," Fauria said. "Of course I was interested. He (Weis) wanted me to talk to my uncle (Christian Fauria) who he coached when he was at New England.
"If Coach Weis were to offer me he wants to make sure that I was really serious about Notre Dame and that I would have them as one of my top schools."
With this frenetic activity with Fauria's recruitment could there be a commitment in the early going?
"Part of me wants to commit before the season, but there is another part that wants me to be fair to my family, myself and the other coaches who recruiting me and take all five of my official visits," Fauria said. "I don't want to have an unfair bias to toward Stanford and UCLA because they are in California and in the Pac 10.
Fauria earned first-team all-league in both football and basketball as a junior.
From his tight end spot, Fauria caught 22 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns.
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