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Irish add RB Tarean Folston to the ’13 recruiting class

Jan 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Tarean Folston

Florida running back Tarean Folston announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame at the Under Armor All-American Bowl this afternoon, choosing the Irish over the Oregon Ducks. Folston, long at the top of Notre Dame’s wish list as a dual-threat running back, chose the Irish over a slew of other offers that included Florida, Florida State, Nebraska and Stanford.

At 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, Folston doesn’t figure to be the type of workhorse runner that carries the offensive load. Yet paired with fellow Florida prospect Greg Bryant, he gives the Irish two of the very best running backs in the state of Florida.

Folston’s versatility looks to be one of his strongest traits. In early reports from the Under Armor game, Folston was excelling as a defensive back, working well in coverage before flipping to the offensive side of the ball and doing the same. Whether it’s working as a pass catcher or runner, there’s room for him in the Irish offense — with Theo Riddick’s departure opening up a role that seems perfectly suited for Folston.

Folston looks to be one of the final offensive pieces of the recruiting class, a strong group of skill players that are joining a rock solid offensive line class. After making his announcement public on ESPN, Folston caught up with’s Christian McCollum, talking about the decision.

“Notre Dame is just a home feeling,” Folston told ISD. “It’s a lot of guys striving for the same goal, getting to that championship and winning it. I think these guys are going to succeed this year. And next year when we get there, we’re going to do it also.”

Folston, a consensus four-star prospect across the board, is the 22nd member of the Irish recruiting class. He might not be the only recruit to commit at the All-Star game, with safety Max Redfield also set to make a decision shortly.



  1. ndnapa - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Perfect complementary combo of RBs. Beautiful!

    • dickasman - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Why thank you for noticing I put my guyliner on extra thick today after seeing the young slutskis at wett seal laying it on thicker, worked like a charm!

  2. dickasman - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    HOTT!!! How are his grades? What kind of person is he? Baby mama drama? Grown out of sgm? Hope bk covered most bases. We need men not women.

    • irishpuma - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      why don’t you do some research you obviously have a lot of time on your hands. On the video clip provided to us on this actual page it shows his GPA a very impressive 3.57! I am guessing about 2 points higher than yours.

      • dickasman - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        Love you puma swede!!! I don’t watch guy videos. Rest be ASSured I do watch plenty videos. Actually I’m on beeg as we speak. Are you psychic?

  3. mikemcmack - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Just watched a youtube “who-you-gonna-commit-to?” interview with him from last August, where he sounded way less team-oriented, but now he sounds like he sees a bigger picture. Maybe it’s the difference between 17 1/2 and 18? I thought he might back off from ND after his fellow Gator-stater Greg Bryant committed, but he’s evidently not looking for an easy ride.
    So, good for Tarean Folston, and good luck to him!

    • dickasman - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Well said. I hope he knows what he’s getting himself into. It’s a lot of good n very little bad but kids always don’t see it like papawhale does.

      • mikemcmack - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Has a 3.57 GPA too, according to his main highlight-reel intro screen.

      • dickasman - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        That’s all I wanted to know, thank you

  4. kiopta1 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I don’t worry too much cause Kelly and crew make it clear that education is very important at ND. So if a guy doesn’t seem capable of meeting that challenge don’t get pursued to the full extent. This class keeps getting better and may pay dividends for many many years.

  5. dudeacow - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Starting CB next year! Just kidding. I like how in this class we replace Riddick with Bryant, Wood with Folston.

  6. kiopta1 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    LaRue decommits from USC. Visiting ND later this month.

    • papadec - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      The usc decommit list is getting to be about as long as the commit list.

      • alsatiannd - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Lane Kiffin is a dork.

      • gtizzo - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Don’t forget the transfer list at USC. Lane Kiffin is driving players out of USC…as long as they head to ND I have no problem with him as coach.

  7. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jan 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Way to go coaching staff. Keep em coming.

  8. irishpuma - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Max is coming!!!!! Friday stay tuned!!! Kiffin should get a life time contract in my obviously slanted irish opinion!

    • irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      It’s official we have our next safety for the next 4 years! Max is in the house.

  9. 1historian - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Remember last February just after the NSD when it was known that Texas had almost a full haul of recruits for 2013 – a year ahead of time – and ND had none and from everywhere across this great land there was wailing and the gnashing of teeth?

    You know who you are

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