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Faxes In (finally): Tarean Folston

Feb 6, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

Tarean Folston

After a late flirtation with Auburn, Notre Dame finally received the commitment of Tarean Folston this afternoon, adding a key final piece to the offensive recruiting class. Let’s take a closer look at what Folston brings to the Irish offense.

Cocoa, Florida

Measureables: 5-foot-9, 190-pounds
Consensus four-star prospect. First-team All-State Florida 4A running back. Florida Today’s Offensive Player of the Year. Under Armour All-American game.
Impressive Offers:
Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Stanford.
Projected Position: Running Back.

Quick Take: Notre Dame thinks they’ll landed a home run threat at running back with Folston. If Greg Bryant plays the role of Theo Riddick, Folston has some of the same home run potential that Cierre Wood possesses.

Played from the Deep-I in high school but also possesses the versatility that’s needed in the Irish offense. Can run over people, but also possesses the ability to make people miss. Father James Folston spent eight years in the NFL, and was a second-round draft pick as a linebacker.

What it means for the Irish roster: He may not garner the star ratings that Bryant does, but Notre Dame believes they’ve got a star in Folston. He’ll enter a depth chart with a lot of opportunities and nobody would be surprised to see him take advantage of them. Both Folston and Bryant a versatile running backs that catch and run the ball well.

Obligatory YouTube highlight tape: Here are some highlights from Folston’s impressive senior campaign.


  1. runners00 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Welcome. Tarean, you will enjoy Notre Dame. It’s the place to grow athletically, academically, socially, spiritually. Enjoy it. The four years of college fly by. Good luck.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      I agree with everything you said, but maybe you should use twitter, I’m not too confident he reads this blog. Ha.

      Getting 2 of the best RB’s from the state of Florida is shocking. ND is real on the recruiting trail.

  2. tedlinko - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Keith. Was the comment about a “late flirtation with Auburn” just a reference to the events of recent weeks or to the delay in signing today? Were there 2nd thoughts as late as today?

    Not that it matters. He’s Irish now and a great addition.

  3. dickasman - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Will the bozo special teams coach put some decent blockers in front of them and be able to utilize these guys at PR/KR?

  4. fnc111 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Great post dick! Problem is I’ve heard Kelly doesn’t want any issue with special teams. Prefers a touchback on the KO and fair catch on the PR. We will not see any upgrade on ST as long as Kelly is coach. He has gotten very conservative since the Tulsa/USF disasters.

    Let’s be honest these two RBs are coming north because they were looked at as career #2 backs with SEC teams. They were insurance options for the southern schools. I’d rather play at ND being nĂºmero uno over playing as s back up forever.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Your mom is number 2.

  5. jerseyshorendfan1 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Wow. Seems to be worth waiting for. We needed the lightning to Bryant’s thunder. This will be a good one two punch for the next couple of years.

  6. ajw21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Bryant is rated #2 rb in country with offers to big time sec schools, how is he seen as a backup? I don’t see anyone but you thinking he is a career backup as any school. I have never seen a positive post from you and doubt ur an ND fan. If you are then it sucks being you cus you have no faith. Pick another team.
    Go Irish!

  7. solo076 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    This should be quite interesting with the two having drastically different styles. Hopefully they don’t have a problem getting to the hole quick because it closes fast and them DL, LBs, and DBs close much quicker and hit harder than they have been used too.

    Hopefully a great tandem back field to an impressive Irishmob clas.

  8. irishpuma - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    got ev 4!!!!!

    • oldestguard - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Move over – and let the BIG DOG in !!!

    • bostonjan - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      just heard the same news…..REJOICE!!!!!

      This is the very best recruiting class that I can remember. Not just in terms of *s; but more so the balance of Offensive and Defense and filling key positions of need.

      I could care less what the so called recruiting experts say, this IS the #1 recruiting class in college football.

      Vanderdoes, Smith, Redfield — the “Anchor Men”

      Celebrate, celebrate….dance to the music!!!!

      • nudeman - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        How is your son?

  9. fatlikereflexes - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Vanderdoes in. The day is finally over.

    • bostonjan - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Day is over and the beginning (or continuation of) many magical days to come.

      Does anyone else remember Charlie’s first recruited class?? We’ve come a long way, BABY!

      • bostonjan - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Nude thanks for asking….he’s proverbially dancing around the family room with me in celebration of this signed recruiting class!

        Headline: Progressing much more quickly than any of his doctors expected…. Medical dangers are essentially behind us.

        Now for the long, tedious, and frustrating work of recovering/re-building his cognitive skills (comprehension, reading speed, word memory, analysis, planning, organizing, etc). He had to delay the spring semester of his senior year – as we all expected.

        We have him doing outpatient rehab in a top notch facility here in the Boston area. His spirits, determination, and work ethic are excellent. Gotta keep up the positive attitude.

        Like an athlete recovering from an injury and career hiccup.

      • nudeman - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Glad to hear that. It was never clear here how severe the injury was. Good to know he’s on the way back.

      • ndbcs2013 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        bostonjan – don’t know you nor the details of what has happened. But I wish you and your son all the best and will be praying for his continued improvement and success.

  10. irishpuma - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Beautiful day. When was the last time ND got 4 5 star recruits. Even better we poached to 5 stars from USC thanks Kiffin. He should be USC coach for life. The tide got 4 as well. It’s on and we are coming for them.

    We got the greatest offensive line class maybe in history coupled with 2 elite rb’s, the best safety, DT, LB in the nation. Some stout receivers and tight ends can you say depth. On top of that these kids never wavered for the most part and are a cohesive group and they have not even put on the pads yet. I am excited ND is building something special. IRISH MOB 13 has the potential to go down as one of the greatest classes of all time. Work hard boys and maximize your potential on and off the field.

    Go Irish.

  11. irishpuma - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Rumor has it EV will be rooming with Nix. Irish chocolate and Irish mocha. Just sayin……

  12. irishpuma - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Throw Elmer in there I Irish Cream.

  13. ajw21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Now we got them its time for them to meet Longo and then Kelly & staff need to develop them and push them to be as good as advertised!
    Go Irish!

  14. ct111 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I hope EV is like Aaron Lynch! Play one season and then transfers

    • 1historian - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM


    • 1historian - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      hooo r u?

      Are you trying to take the place of harv of ‘roll dam tide’ fame?

      harv stands alone in what he does

      (out in the field)

  15. dutch31 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Still say Foldton ends up on D. Bet u a glazed pretzel at next game Keith.

    Keep up the good work.

    Go Irish

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