Hawkeyes Impress Massachusetts TE Caleb Fauria

April 24, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

The past and possible future of Iowa tight ends bumped into each other Tuesday afternoon at the football complex. Caleb Fauria and T.J. Hockenson posed for a picture together.

The image could become one to remember. Hockenson is likely a first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft. Fauria, a recruit from out East, is considering the Hawkeyes. He was visiting them for the first time.

“It went well. Their facilities are amazing,” the Attleboro (MA) Bishop Feehan standout told HN. “The people stood out to me. The coaches are really passionate about their jobs and are focused on making their program better.”

Fauria (6-5, 215) comes from good stock. He’s the son of former Colorado and NFL tight end Christian Fauria, who is a college football analyst with the CBS Sports Network and co-hosts a daily sports radio show in Boston.

While Caleb places his father’s alma mater among his top three along with Iowa and Boston College, that’s not expected to sway him.

“My mom (Rhonda Fauria) and dad will always be there for me and give me advice about the recruitment process, but the decision is mine to make and they will support me wherever I go,” Caleb said.

That decision could be coming soon, but there’s time for other schools to impress him.

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“As of right now, B.C., C.U. and Iowa are my top, but things can change. I am keeping my options open. I will probably decide in the summer,” he said.

The Hawkeyes left a good impression on their target. He met with head coach Kirk Ferentz and Brian Ferentz, the offensive coordinator and tight end coach.

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“They said that it takes special people to play for Iowa, and that Iowa football is not for everyone,” Fauria said.

It is a place for tight ends. Noah Fant could join Hockenson in being the first teammates selected in the first round of the same draft. George Kittle earned pro-bowl recognition as a second-year player in San Francisco last season.

“The proof is in the pudding with the tight ends. Coach Ferentz does a really nice job of developing and producing them into the NFL,” Fauria said.

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Fauria saw it first-hand on Tuesday. A soon-to-be multi-millionaire hanging out in the facility two days before the draft.

“I just ran into Hockenson while I was touring the locker room. I just wished him good luck in the draft,” he said.

Like Hockenson, Fauria has lined up at receiver a lot in high school. Here’s a look at his junior highlights:

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