An All-Region and All-Metro performer as a junior, Friend has seen his stock continually climb since having a strong outing in the state's 5A title game last fall. The in-state schools, Alabama, Auburn and UAB, were quick to notice his abilities, as were many others including Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, Ole Miss and Virginia.
"I have offers from Louisville and Arkansas right now," he told InsideTheVille.com. "A bunch of others are still telling me that they are going to offer."
Friend's size, coupled with his experience of playing on both sides of the ball, have college coaches, including the two that have offered, eyeing him for a few different positions.
"Louisville wants me as a receiver and Arkansas has said they could see me playing defensive end," he explained, adding that he prefers to be on the offensive side of the ball. "I like playing receiver the most - that's what I want to do."
The Cardinal program extended a scholarship to Friend in May and continue to remain in contact.
"I do keep up with Louisville," said Friend, who has made unofficial visits with Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. "They keep telling me that they want me to come up for a visit."
While many others are sure to follow the lead of Arkansas and Louisville with eventual scholarship offers, Friend says that while he's not in a rush to decide, that two schools have climbed to the top of his list.
"Alabama and Louisville are my favorites right now," he said. "I would like to stay in-state, but I wouldn't be against leaving the state and Louisville isn't that far away."