Cocoa High running back Tarean Folston, who was originally thought to be slated to announce his college choice at the Under Armour All-American Game on Friday in St. Petersburg, has selected Notre Dame.
Folston chose the Irish over Oregon and Florida State, his other finalists of more than 30 offers.
"Notre Dame is just a good school with a nice family enviroment, great players, great people around the community and I just felt like I coud fit in there," Folston said. "[Oregon and FSU] were very tough to turn down, but at the end of the day, I'm happy with my decision and I'm ready to get up there and start working out."
Fellow Florida running back Greg Bryant of Delray Beach American Heritage committed to the Irish earlier this fall, but Notre Damewas still in the market for a second running back in the 2013 recruitng class following the recent decommit of Katy, Texas, RB Jamel James just before Christmas.
The Irish, who will face Alabama in Monday's BCS Championship game in Miami, graduate their top two running backs from this season in Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood, who have combined for 290 carries and 1,620 yards this season. The top returning runner for next year will be George Atkinson III, a sophomore who has 361 yards on 51 carries.
Folston actually was able to see Bryant firsthand in Cocoa's kickoff classic game against American Heritage, which Cocoa won 25-7 in a nationally televised ESPN game in August.
"I got two tackles in on him but I was at safety, so if I got two tackles on him then that means my teammates were doing their job up front," Folston said of playing against his future teammate.
Folston (5-9, 190) said he will probably just take it easy on Monday night and wathc the BCS national championship from his home with a few friends and family.
"I don't really do parties," Folston said.
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