Tarean Folston Commits to Notre Dame: Assessing Irish's Needs After Landing RB

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 3, 2013

Tarean Folston Via 247Sports
Tarean Folston Via 247Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have received an important commitment from four-star running back Tarean Folston out of Cocoa, FL.

Derek Tyson of ESPN.com reports on the big commitment for Notre Dame:

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 the addition of Folston, Notre Dame's 2013 class now features 22 commitments and is ranked No. 2 overall by Rivals.com.  

Folston is 5'9'', 185 pounds and runs a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports. He's ranked as the No. 10 overall running back recruit by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Folston will serve as a very important depth player for the Fighting Irish. Five-star running back Greg Bryant is the star running back from this class, but Folston projects to be a more than adequate backup. He also projects to be a good candidate for a redshirt right off the bat.

With the need at running back more than filled, what other areas does Notre Dame need to address through the 2013 recruiting class?

From here on out, it looks like the secondary should get the most focus—especially the safety position.

Zeke Motta is a senior, and Chris Salvi and Dan McCarthy are both in their fifth years. With that in mind, bringing in depth or even a player who can compete to play is crucial for the Fighting Irish.

The main target is undoubtedly five-star safety Max Redfield.

He's a former USC commitment who has Notre Dame in his Top Two (247Sports), along with the aforementioned Trojans. The Fighting Irish appeared to be a huge reason he uncommitted from USC in the first place, so head coach Brian Kelly and his staff have to be feeling good about their chances of landing his commitment.

Redfield is expected to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America game (Ryan Abraham/USCFootball.com/IrishIllustrated.com).

Bringing Redfield in would be huge, and he would fill a major need for Notre Dame.

The other recruit crucial for Notre Dame to land is four-star strong-side defensive end Alquadin Muhammad.

Notre Dame has been high on his interest list (247Sports) for a while now, and he'd fill a big need, considering that defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore is in his redshirt senior year, as well.

Overall, Notre Dame's 2013 class is bordering on elite, but there are still a few needs left to fill.

Landing Folston's commitment was big for the Fighting Irish, but they aren't done on the recruiting trail just yet.


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