Folston Ready for Notre Dame Visit

Cocoa (Fla.) High running back Tarean Folston will be at Notre Dame this weekend for an official visit and to watch the Irish play BYU.

For as loud as Tarean Folston's play on the field speaks, the Cocoa (Fla.) High do-everything athlete is that quiet off it.

In fact, Folston would rather just play for the Tigers and focus on a playoff push than deal with recruiting but he knows the importance of it for his future.

And the 5-foot-10 185-pound Folston will take a big step in his recruitment this weekend when he makes an official visit to Notre Dame.

"He's going up there Saturday and he will come back home Monday," Cocoa High coach John Wilkinson said. "He spoke to Oregon (Wednesday) but they haven't set a date. He's going to definitely visit Oregon and he talks to Florida State a lot, South Florida, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. He talks to a few others."

First up, though, are the Irish, and Wilkinson spoke about what his star running back likes about Notre Dame.

"Academics, tradition, winning, a chance to get the NFL," Wilkinson said. "If that doesn't work out, it's a great education that's going to help him get a job after college."

Wilkinson added academics were "very" important to Folston, who holds a 3.5 grade point average. And while Folston remains quiet in the recruiting game, he has built a strong relationship with Notre Dame assistant Tony Alford.

"Coach Alford was here twice in the spring and he pretty much calls me a lot, and then we get (Folston) on the phone," Wilkinson said. "I think they get along well. (Folston) is a pretty quiet guy and coach Alford knows that, but they seem to have developed a good relationship."

The Irish are recruiting Folston to play running back, but he is multi-dimension. He has 109 carries for 685 yards and five touchdowns for the Tigers (4-2), and has added six catches for 43 yards and he has 12 tackles and an interception.

"For us, he does it all. He doesn't come off the field," Wilkinson said. "He plays safety, plays running back, we put him in the wildcat and he plays quarterback. He's our punter. He pretty much does everything for us.

"He's really smart, has a very good IQ. He understands what we're trying to do on offense and he gets us all lined up on defense. He's a really good football."

Wilkinson added Folston would fit well into Notre Dame's offense.

"I watched the Stanford game and I watched a game earlier in the year," he said. "He's so versatile. He can line up in the slot. He's got great hands and he runs great routes. You can also line him up in the backfield. It's like Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood. He can do all the stuff they do."


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