Dozens of college coaches have contacted Caleb Fauria about playing football at their schools, and he has taken the time to visit several campuses.
Throughout it all, though, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end from North Attleboro, Mass., never forgot about the stories he heard as a kid.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Christian, Fauria gave his verbal commitment last week to Colorado, as part of the 2020 recruiting class.
“I’m fired up,” he said. “It’s just the people and the way that coach (Mel) Tucker is going to bring this program up. He has a great group of coaches with him – coach (Darrin Chiaverini), (Al) Pupunu and coach (Jay) Johnson. I just believe that this program is on the rise.”
The CU program was one of the best in the country when Christian was a star with the Buffaloes in the early 1990s. A third-team All-American tight end as a senior, Christian is among the best to ever play the position at CU, with 98 catches for 1,058 yards. Daniel Graham is the only tight end in program history with more catches and only Graham and Jon Embree had more yards.
“He’s talked it up,” Caleb said of his father’s time at CU. “He said that atmosphere, when he played, that stadium was rocking. He’s told me stories of the old Colorado days. He just said those were the best days with coach (Bill McCartney).”
According to 247Sports.com, Caleb is rated the nation’s No. 13 tight end prospect for 2020 and he has 14 scholarship offers, including from Boston College, Iowa, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, TCU and Wisconsin. Among his unofficial visits this spring was Iowa, LSU and Ole Miss.
Caleb’s only official visit was to Boulder.
“I knew I wanted to be a Buff,” he said.
Tucker, entering his first season in Boulder, has made it clear he’s emphasizing the tight end going forward. Caleb has played receiver at Bishop Feehan High School, as well, but believes he’ll be a tight end in college.
“I view myself as a tight end once I get in the weight room in college and work with coach Pupunu,” he said. “I’ll be a complete tight end once he teaches me how to block and then working with coach Chev in the pass game and route running. I think I can do everything at the tight end position.”
Currently at 235 pounds, Caleb believes he can comfortably get to 260 in college.
While he hasn’t done much blocking in high school, he doesn’t worry about adjusting to that aspect at the next level.
“I’m capable of doing it,” he said. “It’s all a mindset. If you have the mindset and willingness to get up there and block someone, you’ll be fine.
“(Pupunu) has a lot knowledge of the game, playing in the (NFL), and I think he can bring my game to the next level.”
Caleb still has a year of high school, and another six months before he can sign his letter of intent, so there’s a good chance he’s not done hearing from other coaches. He’s confident that he’s already found his home, however.
“It feels amazing. I can’t put it into words,” he said of committing to CU. “I’m so happy to be a Buff.”
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