Tarean Folston to Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Highly-touted athlete Tarean Folston will be playing for Notre Dame in 2013 

According to the 247 Sports, Folston is the 116th-best player and a 4-star recruit in this year's class. He is listed at 5'9", 185 pounds and had offers from top schools like Florida, Louisville, Nebraska and Notre Dame. 

Folston said the following via ESPN Insider (membership required):

“I went on a visit there and when I went there I just felt like I could do this for four years. The coaches were great, the players were great. There was a lot of energy around there, and there is a lot of people wanting to get the same goal to get to the BCS championship. They are on their way now. We are going to pull this thing out.”

Folston is the ninth-ranked running back in this class and will likely end up playing that position in college. He has a strong frame and has handled the position well throughout his high school career. 

As a smaller athlete, Folston is an incredibly patient runner, waiting for blocks in front of him before bursting through the hole. He also has top-of-the-line field vision and moves in and out of cuts as well as anyone in this year's class. 

Prior to his commitment to Notre Dame, Oregon was seen as the front-runner for Folston's services. He made a recruiting visit to the university in November. According to Rivals.com (subscription required), Folston enjoyed everything he saw. 

247 Sports lists that trip to Eugene as the only official visit Folston had during the recruiting season other than Notre Dame (Oct. 19). While that was likely maddening to coaches who wanted to know where they stood in the process, it is nice to see a player keep himself out of the spotlight to make his own decision. 

Developing a running back like Folston at the college level should not be extremely difficult. He is a great student, as evidenced by his 3.57 GPA, and has the high-end skills to be a star at the next level. 

It will be a battle to get playing time right away with the Fighting Irish, but Folston has incredible upside and will be a fixture in this offense for at least the next three seasons.