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ATH Tarean Folston lives the dream

8/27/2012

It was a special Saturday for ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) as the 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior led Cocoa to a 25-7 victory over Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage on ESPN.

Folston rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries and scored twice in the second quarter, easily outperforming fellow ESPN 150 prospect Greg Bryant (24 carries, 111 yards). Folston's first score, a 21-yard touchdown reception gave Cocoa a 10-0 lead and set the table for things to come.

"When I caught that pass it was like I was floating on air," Folston said. "Catching a touchdown in front of our fans on ESPN, it can't get better than that."

On Cocoa's next drive Folston rushed 60 yards for a score, ending the play with a nifty move to avoid American Heritage defender Ka'wan Peete.

"I saw him cutting off my angle and I stopped because I saw he was going to get there first," Folston said. "It was a nice move."

Folston has been one of the more evasive prospects in the nation when it comes to his recruitment. He remains open and says he continues to look at several programs and is being recruited to play on either side of the ball.

He has attended camps at Florida State, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF and Miami and said he enjoyed each school. Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Auburn and Texas A&M are also programs heavily interested in Folston.

"You know I'm talking to a lot of the same programs, Notre Dame is one and Florida State, South Florida, Virginia Tech, and a couple more like that," Folston said. "I'm trying to focus on Cocoa first and foremost."

While Cocoa head coach John Wilkinson thinks Folston knows more than he is letting on, his commitment to winning a third state championship in four years is serious.

"I think Tarean has a good idea of what schools are in the mix but he's not going to say much," Wilkinson said. "He's a team guy, he's about winning for Cocoa and doing things the right way. He wants to show the young guys that no one player is bigger than the team."

ADDITIONAL NOTES

-- Cocoa backup running back Antwan Lee scored a fourth-quarter touchdown that clinched the game and finished with 69 yards on 14 carries. Lee, who rushed for 982 yards in 2011, says he has no offers but several programs are close. "Right now Florida Atlantic is after me pretty hard and I know Middle Tennessee is in there too," Lee said. "They want to see a couple of games first."

-- Defensive end Deondre Barnett says he's up to 6-3, 218 pounds and accounted well for himself when matched up with four-star offensive lineman Rod Johnson. "Man that guy is huge, he outweighed me by like a 100 pounds but when we engaged I didn't give up any ground," Barnett said. The former basketball player, who didn't try out for football until last season, says several programs are waiting for his first three games. "UCF and Rutgers said they are going to get my film after game three," Barnett said. "Same thing with Florida International and Miami. Florida State is also keeping in touch."

-- It's never too early to talk about class of 2016 prospects is it? Well Wilkinson has high hopes for freshman defensive back Chauncey Gardner, who was credited with a third-quarter safety on American Heritage quarterback Marcus Davis. "Chauncey is the first true freshman I've ever started in an opening game since I've been here," Wilkinson said. "He's a dynamite player."