Attention doesn't faze UF recruit


Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.

Tarean Folston is humble.

Not only is he the son of a former NFL linebacker, he is going into his junior year of high school already being listed as one of the top three running backs in the state.

But the hype does not seem to rattle the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder. He is well aware of the importance of a solid performance at Friday Night Lights.

“All that makes me feel good, but you know, just because somebody says I am ranked high doesn't mean I don't have to come out every day and compete,” Folston said.

“There are a lot of athletes out here (at FNL) and I really need to showcase my talent, that is all that matters.”




Last season as a sophomore, Folston amassed more than 1,200 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for Cocoa High School, which finished 14-0 en route to the FHSAA Class 2A state title.

Rivals.com aligns him with Delray Beach American Heritage School's Greg Bryant and Belle Glade Glades Day's Kelvin Taylor as the top three running backs in the state.

His father, James, was a second-round NFL Draft pick out of Louisiana-Monroe who went on to play eight seasons as a linebacker with the Raiders and Cardinals.

Friday was not Folston's first visit to Gainesville. Folston attended the Will Muschamp Gators football camp in June and was a participant at last year's FNL showcase.

“This kind of thing gains more hype and gets more competitive every year,” Folston said.

“This year, (FNL) was more challenging than last year and it was also more challenging than the camp in June.”

So far, Folston has scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Louisville and Florida. With continued success at the high school level and an offer list that will likely grow, Folston said he needs to keep his options open until it is time.

“I can't really say much right now because it is real early in the whole recruiting process, but maybe in a year's time I could probably come up with a better answer,” Folston said.

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