IE Breakdown: Tarean Folston provides an in-depth breakdown of future Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston out of Cocoa (Fla.) High.

I delayed my breakdown of Tarean Folston as he flirted with Auburn in the final weeks leading up to National Signing Day. However, after seeing Folston as a junior in person, and watching film of the past two seasons, Irish fans should be very excited about his overall abilities.


HT – WT – SPEED : Listed at 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, Folston has great speed and a solid build to work with.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE : Excels in all three areas as he shows quick feet and the ability to find small lanes and explode through them .

STRENGTH : Will add more strength and muscle once he arrives on campus and works full-time in a college conditioning program.

BODY FLEXIBILITY : Natural bender with the ability to adjust his body to make quick cuts as a running back, or get position on a receiver as a defensive back.

PRODUCTION : Folston will give the Irish the ability to play on either side of the ball. Projected as a running back, Folston is able to get yards on his own. However, he also shows the willingness to allow his blockers to open up holes to run through.


The need to have more speed on the field made Folston a necessary addition to this class. As the Irish continue to use the running game more under Brian Kelly, Folston will allow Kelly to use him as a runner while also putting him in space with quick passes.

He shows great initial quickness out of his stance and the ability to see the hole, read the blocking angles and react make him a dangerous back. Folston is more of an outside runner with his ability to avoid tacklers and use his quick feet to change his direction quickly. This also makes him dangerous as a receiving threat but work will be needed in route running.


As he showed during the Under Armour All-America game, Folston has no problem being a high-level player on the defensive side of the ball. This will allow the Irish to look at him on both sides before settling on a position. Projected as a running back, Folston's combination of speed and quick feet make him a threat to score each time he touches the ball. One area all backs under Kelly must be able to do is block. This more than anything could slow Folston's ability to get on the field early. Top Stories