Tyler Friday, the No. 2 player in New Jersey, made recent visits to a trio of Big Ten schools, and in each instance his goal was to build a strong connection with the coaching staff and learn more about the campus.
"No leaders yet," Friday said. "No visits (are scheduled). I don't know yet when I will decide. It depends how I feel."
Friday's spring visit schedule began with trips to Ohio State and Michigan, and he has a strong connection to the Buckeyes.
"I saw a great campus, and coaches that really care," the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Friday said. "I like the atmosphere. They have a winning atmosphere. They know how to win and they had a plan set for me. I really liked that."
Friday's coach, Mike Teel, played quarterback for Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano when the two were together at Rutgers. Friday said his visits with Schiano and coach Urban Meyer stood out.
"They are great people to talk to," Friday said. "You're not always talking about football. They are really down to earth and it is easy to talk to them."
Michigan has a strong connection recruiting the Catholic schools in North Jersey, and Friday knows it.
"I liked how things felt there," he said. "It is a good school and I was able to talk to the coaches and hear how they do things. It was interesting."
Penn State is also recruiting Friday hard, and his visit allowed him to see the program beyond football.
"I liked the campus," he said. "I love the coaching staff as well, and coach (James) Franklin is a great coach. He has a lot in mind, so I wanted to listen to what he has in store for me so I can get to know a little bit more about their program."
Nittany Lions defensive line coach Sean Spencer connected with Friday.
"He's telling me to be ruthless and do my thing on the field and everything else will take care of itself," Friday said. "He tells me to keep my head up and stay humble."
There is also the element of Penn State recruiting New Jersey hard, and the impact is not lost on Friday.
"I think it just feels like home," he said. "Jersey has a good connection with Penn State. There are a lot of Jersey guys there."
In New Jersey, Friday remains in close contact with Rutgers, which is an hour from his school. He made a pair of trips to campus within a week in late April.
"It was convenient," he said. "I haven't been to Rutgers in a while. It was good to talk to the coaches and learn more about the school."
During the second visit, Friday came with his family so he could get a grand tour of the campus, and meet with academic advisors away from football.
"I learned more about the school outside of football, I guess you could say," he said. "I learned more about the campus and the education. It was stuff I didn't know."