Tyler Friday (photo by Brian Dohn)

No. 2 New Jersey prospect Tyler Friday has Big Ten on his mind

RAMSEY, N.J. -- Don Bosco's Tyler Friday, the No. 2 player in New Jersey's 2018 class, talks Big Ten visits, interests.

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Tyler Friday, the No. 2 player in New Jersey in the 2018 class, is fresh off a Penn State visit, is visiting Ohio State and Michigan later this month, and also has Rutgers trip coming up this spring.

The Don Bosco defensive end said he also wants to visit a number of schools but he has nothing else planned.

"I think at the end of the school year I will start evaluating (options)," the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Friday said. "I really want to see what other schools are going to offer. Florida StateFlorida are interested (but have not offered). Mississippi State has been in touch a lot. Clemson as well."


During Friday's visit to Penn State for a recent junior day, the friendliness and connection with the staff came through quickly.

"I loved the visit," he said. "I think it's the coaching staff. We have a great relationship. I talk to basically every coach there. I love the idea they have for me. It's basically coming in there and learning (the system)."

Friday, as well as his parents, appreciated Penn State's approach to the day.

"They didn't talk about football much," he said. "My parents liked the education part, and setting me up after (football)."

Michigan had success recruiting New Jersey recently, and Friday is a big target. He plans to return to campus March 27.

"It's the atmosphere of the school, and they have a great history, and the education (is strong) as well," Friday said. "My parents liked that."

Friday is also looking forward to seeing Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh again.

"I think (recruits) like his coaching style because he tries to relate to the kids," Friday said. "You see him on twitter and he's talking (about) the new rappers. I love the fact he wears cleats as well. It makes him feel like he's about to play. I love Jim Harbaugh."

Ohio State brings an interesting dynamic to the recruitment, and he will be on campus March 26.

Friday's main recruiter is defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Don Bosco's coach, Mike Teel, was the quarterback at Rutgers when Schiano was the Scarlet Knights' head coach.

"(Schiano) texted me not too long ago, and I stay in contact with a lot of their coaches just to make sure we have a good relationship, so we keep up with each other," Friday said. "(Schiano) is a funny guy. He always finds out what I'm doing on the weekends. He's really down to earth."

And there is also in-state Rutgers, which had a handful of former Don Bosco standouts star for them over the years.

"They are trying to build a relationship with me and they want to keep me close to home," Friday said. "They tell me about new facilities, and anything new that is happening. I will definitely get down for a spring practice."

Friday knows plenty of former Don Bosco players went to Rutgers, including Lawrence Stevens.

"He's down there and I talk to him a lot," Friday said. "He's liking it. He said it's a great school, it's not too far from home and your parents can come and see you play. I'm looking forward to getting down there for a visit so I can experience it myself."

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