Tarean Folston (Running Back, 5'10" 190 pounds)Wow'd by his official visit, Folston had this to say about Notre Dame's program:
"Notre Dame, it just gave me that feeling like I was at home. All the players there, everybody is going for the same goal and it's just a lot of thriving players that just want to win. That's what I want to be around. Also, the great academics," he said.
"The coaching staff is great. I went up there for my official and I met with all the coaches. Coach (Brian) Kelly and all of his men are great and Coach Alford, he's a good dude.
"They had a great season. I don't want any people to think that's why I committed…even if they would have had a bad season, (I would have committed)," Folston said. "It was the visit and getting to know the people. If everybody in this room took a visit to Notre Dame, everybody probably would have committed."
Said Cocoa head coach John Wilkinson of his star runner: "This kid is a true athlete. He's out here at Under Armour (All-American Game) playing cornerback. He didn't even play defense for us this past season. That show's you a lot especially at an event like this. As a running back he's a guy that can get around the perimeter, pound it between the tackles and really catch the football. Tarean is just a great all-around player."
Fellow incoming Running Back prospects: Fellow four-star and Floridian, Greg Bryant.
Berk on Folston: Brings great speed and the ability to be a corner or running back at the college level. Great quick burst with the ability to find a slither of light and explode for big gains.
Dohn on Folston: Quick feet and acceleration are two of the biggest things for running backs, and Folston possesses both. He played cornerback at the Under Armour game, and that speaks to his athleticism and his loose hips, which also helps as a running back. He hasn't been asked to block, but he likes physical play so it should not be a big issue.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingFinally, an Irish running back pledge that possesses an extra gear just one step after his initial cut. Though not as fast as projected starter George Atkinson (few are), Folston appears an instinctive runner, one capable of setting up defenders, then blowing by them with one and two-step quickness and speed to run away from the secondary.
Time spent on the defensive side of scrimmage in post-season all-star competition suggests Folston is all football player, not one that needs to learn the rudimentary nuances of the game.
Blessed with rare balance, Folston will butt heads with redshirt-sophomore and fellow former four-star Amir Carlisle for the hybrid Slot/RB duties when he hits campus next summer.
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