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Coach: Folston Will ‘Absolutely’ Sign With Notre Dame

It looks like Auburn’s attempt to sway Tarean Folston away from his commitment to Notre Dame has come up short.

The running back from Cocoa (Fla.) High School received a visit Wednesday from two Notre Dame assistants. That meeting “absolutely” convinced Folston to sign with Notre Dame, Cocoa coach John Wilkinson told

“The blend of academics and athletics, the obviously value of the Notre Dame education,” Wilkins said. “Beyond football the networking there is huge and (Folston) understands that. When you make a decision, sometimes you have to reaffirm, go and look at something else.”

Folston looked strongly at Auburn when he visited The Plains on Jan. 18. But it looks like Notre Dame, which received Folston’s commitment on Jan. 2, will win this battle.

That will likely cause Auburn to turn its attention more strongly to New Hope, Ala., running back Johnathan Ford, who visited Auburn last weekend and received an in-home visit from head coach Gus Malzahn earlier this week.

Ford, who decommitted from Vanderbilt earlier this week, has also visited Tennessee and recently received scholarship offers from Georgia and Florida State. Ford could make a return trip to Auburn for an unofficial visit this weekend, according to

Auburn has also made a recent push for Nashville, Tenn., athlete Cornelius Elder, who decided to make a mid-week visit to Auburn. Elder has also expressed an interest in playing basketball in college.

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