Notre Dame is 4-star Folston's new home

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) has committed to Notre Dame. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound chose Notre Dame over Florida State and Oregon.

Folston, the nation’s No. 9 athlete, announced his decision today after Under Armour All-America Game practice at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The four-star prospect said the Fighting Irish fan base was a big reason he chose Notre Dame.

“I went on a visit there and when I went there I just felt like I could do this for four years,” Folston said. “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.”

With Folston's commitment Notre Dame has 22 total commitments, including 18 who are ranked as four-stars or higher. Folston is playing defensive back for the Under Armour Game, but he said he is being recruited by Notre Dame to play offense.

“They are recruiting me to play running back but if they need me to play anywhere else I'll play it, but running back is my main priority right now,” he said.

As a senior, Folston rushed for 1,722 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also added 25 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

As for what Notre Dame fans can expect from him?

“They can expect Tarean Folston," he said. "I can't be nobody else. I'm just going to go there and play my game and stay in school, do all the right things, hang with the right people and show out when I get there.”