Cocoa's Tarean Folston, a four-star running back prospect out of Cocoa, FL, is one of the top running backs in the state. Last season he rushed for 1,260 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 360 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Claiming over 30 offers, Folston has begun to take visits to get closer looks at programs he's considering. So far he's been to Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, UCF, and on Monday took a trip to Tampa to check out USF.
"The visit was real nice, and I was very impressed with the campus," said Folston. "The facilities and everything are great and they've really stepped it up here with what they have."
This was the first time he's been to the Tampa campus and was a bit surprised by what the Bulls had to offer.
"I didn't know what to expect when I came over here, but it's really nice," said Folston. "I didn't know it be so spacious, it's big and everything is new and modern. It kind of reminds me of South Beach. They even have a hospital on campus."
The Cocoa standout got to tour the campus and get a close up look at the Bulls facilities
"I toured the facilities and they're really great," said Folston. "The practice complex with the three fields was very nice. The turf field was hot to run on, but really nice. I saw the weight lifting facility, the training room, and they're pretty nice also."
Folston and his father got in around 10 am and wasn't scheduled to compete at the Bulls one day skills camp that was going on during his visit, but decided to work out, but mostly did so with the receivers.
"Yeah I decided to work out here a little and that went pretty good. I worked out with the receivers during one on ones because that's where most of the competition is at during these camps."
"Coach Scott seems like a real good coach and like he's a hands on type coach," said Folston. "He was giving me some pointers on my mechanics at running back and teaching me some of the routes they run, and how to be deceptive to defenders. He also said how much he likes me as a player. It was good."
"Coach Vaas is a real cool guy and a funny guy also," said Folston. "He's who I had the most contact with and I like him."
Folston also got to meet and spend time with USF coach Skip Holtz for a one-on one.
"Coach Holtz also seems like a really good person," said Folston. "We talked a lot about the recruiting process and he was pretty much giving me advice. Not really about them recruiting me, but just in general. I've never had him coach me so I don't know how that is, but he's really just a good dude and cool dude to talk with."
While on campus Folston got to meet a few players and spend time with Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels.
"I got to spend some time with B.J. and he seemed like a real good guy," said Folston. "He said he liked it here and was very happy that he was here."
Overall Folston said he had a good time on campus and glad he made the trip.
"It was a good time. I got to see a lot and I learned a lot more about the school," said Folston. "The visit definitely didn't hurt them one bit. I liked it."
The 4-star prospect rated the nation's No. 22 ranked running back prospect has plenty of offers to choose from and said he isn't ready to name a leader or favorites.
"Right now I don't have any leaders or favorites," said Folston. "I'm really open to everybody."
Folston said he doesn't have a timetable for when he'll make his choice, but does know what factors he's looking at in making his decision.
"I'm looking for good academics, a good coaching staff, a great o-line, a good program," said Folston. "Someplace that is going to teach me, and somewhere that's going to help me get to the next level."
The coveted back said he's aware of the Bulls depth at running back, but that's not a main factor.
"I know they have three seniors graduating after next year," so that's good," said Folston. "But depth charts don't really concern me that much because I know if I out work everybody else at my position, I'll get earn a chance to play. My whole thing is work hard, play hard."
Next on tap for Folston is a trip to Austin, Texas to play for Team USA in the Under 19 World Championships from June 30 – July 7.
"I'm heading out there in a few weeks, they got me working at receiver," said Folston. "I like catching passes, and show my versatility."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Tarean Folston's recruitment.