Nothing much has changed for Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla.) on or off the field. He's still one of the top running backs in the state of Florida and still one of the most coveted.
"He's the same old player," said Johnny Wilkinson, Cocoa's coach. "He played great in game one and in many ways outplayed Greg Bryant, which is great for him. I mean he had a great game. In terms of recruiting, nothing has changed. I asked him the other day about official visits. He said right now he's ‘only worried about Cocoa football'. He may wait and make his visits after the season."
That could prove problematic for Folston. First, this four-star running back plays on a team that could very well play for the state championship. That means he would only have one weekend for the remainder of this year to make an official visit and that would be their off-week (October 26th). Then, he's accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in early June. So he may only have a few short weeks to potentially cram in five official visits.
"We talked about that," Wilkinson said. "So we will see what he decides to do. I think he should at least try and make one official visit during our bye week."
Folston has been very non-committal about the recruiting process from day one. He holds close to two dozen scholarship offers from teams like South Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Illinois, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and others. This summer he camped with the Vols and Seminoles.
In their 25-7 win over Delray Beach American Heritage, Folston carried the ball 16 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. He also caught one pass for a 25-yard touchdown.
Folston is the No. 22 ranked running back in the nation and the No. 22 ranked recruit in the state of Florida.