COCOA, Fla. -- After his 32-yard dash into the end zone lifted Cocoa (Fla.) to a 31-24 victory over Orlando (Fla.) Jones, ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston said he will walk into South Bend this weekend for an official visit to Notre Dame.
It’s the 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior’s first official visit and could likely be the only visit Folston takes during the season. With Friday’s win Cocoa all but clinched another district championship and Folston will likely focus on trying to win a third state championship in four seasons.
“This was a big victory and getting the win is always good,” Folston said. “It was a team effort, we’ve faced some adversity this season and we’ve had the chance to come together as a team.”
Folston was to arrive at Notre Dame early Saturday afternoon. He’s being recruited by running backs coach Tony Alford.
“I have a good relationship with Coach Alford, he likes me as a person and an athlete and a student,” Folston said. “I’m just looking for a good time and to get to know my way around there. I want to know what the college atmosphere feels like. And I want to meet with the coaches and some of the players.
“Coach Alford says that they have a few backs there and a few backs leaving but they are looking for that one special running back.”
Folston said although Notre Dame is his first trip he’s wide open in terms of his recruitment. He said he’s also hearing from South Florida, Tennessee, Penn State and Oregon on a regular basis.
“I am still weighing all of my options right now,” Folston added. “I have no favorites. I haven’t narrowed anything down yet.”
Folston is unsure of his next official visit and doesn’t have a timeline for a decision. He is the 79th-rated player in the nation and will participate in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4.