West Recruiting Notebook
Dayne Crist
Dayne Crist
West Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 27, 2007

Notre Dame continues to have success on the West Coast, getting two commitments from California while Washington picks up an in-state prospect, Stanford does the same and USC renews its presence at a faithful feeder school...

Joseph Fauria
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has made no secret his desire to reconnect with the Catholic schools, particularly on the West Coast.  When he got a commitment from Anthony McDonald, the middle linebacker from Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, it triggered a run in which the Irish picked up three verbals from the Golden State in a 10-day span.

McDonald's commitment was followed by the announcement from Dayne Crist on the FSN High School Spotlight that he would be joining his teammate in South Bend to play his college football.

“I knew when I was up there it was the right fit and the place for me,” said Crist. “It just had a completely different feel from all the different schools. I can’t really pinpoint what it was. It was just a combination of everything, everything felt right and I had that feeling in my gut."

Two days after Crist's announcement was made, their Serra League rival, Joseph Fauria, a tight end from Crespi HS in Encino committed to the Irish while taking an unofficial trip for Notre Dame's Spring Game.

“I came out here for the spring game, and it just felt right,” said Fauria. “It felt like the place I want to be. It was my first time ever being there and in one word, I’d say it was beautiful. That’s what it was.”

In Week Ten of the prep season, the future teammates will meet in the Serra League finale.  But the three are already becoming a tight group.

“I actually spoke with Anthony and we talked about building a relationship before we go to South Bend. And Dayne. our friendship is getting better and better every week. It would be good to catch some passes from him in college,” said Fauria. “We’re bringing the west ballers out to Notre Dame.”

Warren Reuland
Also in South Bend was Warren Reuland, the 6-5, receiver from Mission Viejo, Calif., who's older brother Konrad is a sophomore tight end for the Irish.

While Reuland visited Notre Dame with his family, his heart was back home in California.  On Wednesday, Reuland committed to play in-state at Stanford.

"I wanted to make [the decision] before the end of the summer, but after seeing the Stanford campus and everything, I just knew that was the place for me," Reuland told The Bootleg.  "I didn't want to wait any longer because I knew I'd want to go there.  I didn't want to let that opportunity of the scholarship they offered me pass me by."

Reuland is the second commitment for the Cardinal, following the verbal of Steven Christian, a cornerback/receiver from Kennedy HS in Sacramento, who committed to Jim Harbaugh on April 15.

Jurrell Casey

Surprisingly, USC didn't sign a player from Long Beach Poly in February, a school they perennially draw a prospect or two from.  But that streak is likely to end at one with Jurrell Casey, the 6-2, 282-pound tackle.

Casey told Scout.com that he's a soft verbal to the Trojans, and has plans to make it official.

“I have pretty much given USC a soft verbal,” Casey told Scout.com. “I haven’t made an official commitment yet because me and my boy, Vaughn Telemaque, want to commit at the same time. We’re planning on doing it as soon as school is over, in early summer.”

Casey had 104 tackles, 10 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two blocked punts en route to First Team All-State underclass honors in 2006

Justin Glenn
Just a day after receiving a "dream offer" from the home-state Washington Huskies, Justin Glenn, a 5-11, 185-pound athlete from Kamiak HS in Mukilteo gave the Huskies a commitment.

"I talked with my parents about it for a while last night, and I'm ready to make it a full commitment. I'm not going to the Oregon Spring Game (this weekend)," Glenn told Scout.com's Chris Fetters. "I'm just going to the Washington Spring Game."

Glenn was a second-team all-WesCo South pick on defense, where he had five interceptions and led the Knights in tackles. On offense, Glenn racked up 1268 all-purpose yards, including 11 touchdowns.

Jamaar Jarrett
Jamaar Jarrett, who first caught our attention last spring at the Los Angeles Scout Combine when he was a sophomore, is fast becoming a hot commodity out West.

The 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Mission Hills HS in San Marcos, Calif., added an offer from Arizona State, to go with offers from Oregon, Colorado, San Diego State, Ole Miss and Arizona.  And several additional Pac-10 schools have been showing interest in him.

“Washington, Washington State, USC, Cal and UCLA are some of the schools I’ve been talking with,” said Jarrett. “USC said I need to go to their lineman camp and they’ll evaluate me more. The rest all said they’re evaluating me, too.”

Jarrett will return to the Scout.com Combine this weekend in Los Angeles.


Related Stories
Reuland Is Rule Breaker with Early Commitment
 -by TheBootleg.com  Apr 26, 2007
Reuland Reports on Stanford Visit
 -by TheBootleg.com  Apr 19, 2007
 -by FOXSportsRecruiting.com  Apr 4, 2007

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