Alabama Receiver Has Early Favorite

At the 5A Alabama state championship game between Homewood and Buckhorn last December, Homewood proved to be one of the most dominant high school football teams in the state, but Buckhorn receiver/linebacker Lydarius Friend had a standout performance before the large crowd and became a hot prospect.

Lydarius Friend made an acrobatic 35-yard touchdown catch in the first half against Homewood, and on the ensuing kickoff he screamed down the field to tackle the Homewood kick returner.

He played on both sides of the ball in his junior season, but says he will concentrate on the receiver position in his senior season. That's the position he wants to play in college.

Friend, a 6-4, 206-pound receiver prospect, also made an impression at the Tuscaloosa combine. He displayed good hands in passing drills and battled with some of the best defensive backs in the area in one-on-one competitions.

"It was fun. I got a lot of work and had a great time," Friend said of the combine.

Friend ran a 4.78 40-yard dash and a 4.50 shuttle time. Friend had a 30.7-inch vertical jump.

"I did alright. My 40-time was okay. It's not what I wanted it, but it's okay."

Friend said Arkansas and Louisville have already offered him scholarships, and he has been receiving interests from over a dozen schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Memphis, Virginia, Clemson, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and UAB.

As for a early frontrunner, Friend said, "I'm liking Bama so far. They're showing the most interest."

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