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.
Measureables: 5-foot-9, 190-pounds
Accolades: 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.
With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.
College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.
Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.
Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.
Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:
“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”