Auburn In Mix For 4-Star Notre Dame Commit

Notre Dame running back commitment Tarean Folston talks about his official visit to Auburn and if the Tigers are in the hunt.

Cocoa, Fla.—Four-star running back and Notre Dame commitment Tarean Folston took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend to get a feel for what Coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers are all about. Now that he's seen everything and experienced the Plains, Folston said there is plenty to feel good about when talking Auburn.

"It was a good visit," Folston said. "I feel like everything went good. The coaches are great people. I got to meet a lot of the players and a huge offensive line. Everything pretty much went well.

"Their offense has been a successful offense over the years," he added. "Coach Malzahn is a pretty cool guy and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee is a cool, even-keel guy. Everything about those guys is great. They have a great future ahead of them. I think everything will go well these next few years."

Rated the number 24 running back in the nation by Scout.com, Folston committed to Notre Dame during the days leading up to the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando. Despite playing defensive back in the all-star game, the 5-10, 190 Folston is a strong back that has the ability to take it the distance. As a senior he ran for 1,722 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.

With his visit to Auburn now behind him Folston said at the moment nothing has changed for him, but he could make a final decision in the days leading up to signing day on Feb. 6.

"Auburn is Auburn," Folston said. "We'll see how everything pans out. I'm still committed to Notre Dame, but we'll see how everything pans out.

"I'm just going to be going to school and doing the same things I've been doing," he added. "I'll do a little thinking once that day comes, I think I'll be able to make that decision."

Something that could factor in Auburn's favor is his relationship with current assistant coach Dameyune Craig and his feelings on new running back coach and longtime NFL assistant Rich Bisaccia. Both made a big impression on Folston over the weekend and he said they are two of the best.

"I knew Coach Craig," Folston said. "He recruited me at Florida State. They were in my top three before I made my commitment. Coach Craig is a cool guy. I can relate to him on a lot of stuff and he's from Auburn. We've communicated a lot and he's a cool guy.

"Coach Bisaccia is my man right there," he added. "He's also a good guy. All of the coaches on the staff are great guys. I'm glad I got a chance to meet them."

While Notre Dame has fellow four-star running back Greg Bryant committed for an offense that uses just one primary back much of the time, Auburn is looking to build depth for an offense that utilizes guys in different roles. He said that's one of the things he likes about Malzahn's offensive attack.

"They had a lot of different backs in the offense and they all were successful," Folston said. "They told me that I would be like certain people. It was all kind of new to me, but at the same time I was kind of familiar with it. It's pretty good."


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