Cocoa High’s Tarean Folston has decided to attend the University of Notre Dame.
Folston first made his mark for Cocoa as a sophomore running back on the 2010 state championship team. He eventually played many roles for the Tigers, including becoming the team’s full-time punter. He was a kick returner and defensive back and occasionally lined up at quarterback as a senior.
Folston was particularly notable lining up under center in Cocoa’s 24-14 upset of USA Today No. 18 Bergen Catholic (N.J.). He scored on an 84-yard quarterback run and later threw a 40-yard touchdown pass as a running back. In the game, he also intercepted a pass and broke up a pass on a key Bergen Catholic fourth-down play.
Folston first committed to Notre Dame after the 2012 season in which he was FLORIDA TODAY’s Offensive Player of the Year. For the season, he rushed for 1,722 yards and 16 touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 103 yards and two more touchdowns. He returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns as well.
Folston had also been FLORIDA TODAY’s Offensive Player of the Year following his junior season, when he ran for 1,144 yards and caught 12 passes for 323 yards. He combined for 21 touchdowns.