Tarean Folston Still Committed, But Thinking

Tarean Folston - Auburn Visit
December 11 2010: Cocoa Tigers Running Back Tarean Folston runs around Glades Central Defensive Back Jamorris Everett during the 2010 FHSAA State Title game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Florida . The Cocoa Tigers defeated the Glades Central Raiders 14-13 to earn their 38th straight victory and 3rd consecutive Class 2A State Title. (Photo – Justin Dernier/Icon SMI)

Tarean Folston, a 4-star running back, remains committed to Notre Dame after a weekend visit to Auburn, but it doesn’t sound like Notre Dame is quite out of the woods just yet based on comments the speedy tailback made to AL.com.

“We’ll see how everything pans out,” he said.

He said he doesn’t plan to visit any other schools. As for now, “I’m just going about my business in high school, and when that day comes I’ll make that decision.”

Those comments should definitely raise some red flags for Brian Kelly and Tony Alford – Folston’s primary recruiter.

While Folston’s comments aren’t as positive as they could have been, he did leave Auburn without committing and that bodes well for Notre Dame.  In an ideal world, Folston would have returned home and said that he was reaffirming his commitment to Notre Dame.    Getting him off of the Auburn campus without a commitment to the Tigers though is a positive development.

Tony Alford is not just one of Notre Dame’s top recruiters, he’s one of the nation’s top recruiters, so the Irish are well equipped here.

Auburn was not one of Folston’s finalists when he committed to Notre Dame earlier this month at the Under Armour All American Bowl because the Tigers had gone through a coaching change.  With Guz Malzahn in place as the head coach though, they have gotten back into the mix in part because of their new running backs coach, Rich Bisaccia.

Bisaccia has a reputation as a great recruiter and was Folston’s primary recruiter at Florida State.

Notre Dame definitely has a battle on its hands to re-secure Folston before Signing Day, but luckily with only a few spots remaining, Kelly should be able to put Alford on a full court press to keep Folston in the fold.

It  didn’t look like there would be a whole lot to monitor over the final weeks before Signing Day earlier this month, but with a host of recruits set to visit to Notre Dame this weekend – we’ll have a post on this later – and Folston looking at Auburn, it looks like things won’t be so quiet after all.

And, honestly, when are things ever quiet for Notre Dame fans?


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  1. Suddenly, a cheer from the annals of history.

    “Here come The Irish,
    here come The Irish.”

    Having history live within one’s head is awfully cumbersome, sometimes!


  2. “Honestly, when is it quiet for an ND fan?” When I give-up after the exhaustion becomes too much. That’s when it becomes quiet for THIS ND fan. (it’s called “serenity” – I advise looking into it)

  3. maybe a blessing in disguise it may open a spot for better guys rb is’nt a need of concern def ends are go irish!

    1. ss,

      Never a blessing to lose a talented athlete like this kid. I say athlete because ND could move this kid to CB, like they did with K. Russell last year. In fact, Folston played CB at the UA All-Star game (where he announced prior to the game for ND) and even had a pick during the game.

      While I agree that RB isn’t a position of need numbers wise, Bryant and Folston may already be the top two backs we have. I’m not giving up on any of our backs, and I’m especially excited about Carlisle, but these kids give ND a 1-2 RB punch going forward like we had with Wood and Riddick and Wood and Gray.

      Let’s hope we keep all our recruits and add a few more, esp. Vanderdoes.

  4. Hahahahahaha! Yeah, all quiet on the western front! You know for sure the National-Parasitosis-Media-Extremists just love us!


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