Friend, a 6-4, 215-pound wide receiver from New Market, Alabama, has developed a solid relationship with Louisville assistant coach Reggie Johnson throughout the recruiting process and it's that relationship that has the Cardinals in strong position to land their 14th commitment this weekend.
"The visit is set up," Friend told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday night. "I talk to coach (Reggie) Johnson every other day and I'm going up there Saturday because I've got a basketball game Friday night. I have a real good relationship with coach Johnson"
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commit to Louisville this weekend
during his official visit.
Friend is familiar with Louisville. He made an unofficial visit in early September and saw Louisville defeat Kentucky 59-28 in the 2006 season-opener before a sold-out crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"If signing day were today I would pick Louisville. They're my favorite," Friend said. "I've been to Louisville once before. I went to their first game against Kentucky this season and I've liked Louisville ever since. If they still want me when I visit I will commit on the spot."
Though Friend played mostly wide receiver at Buckhorn High School, he's unsure what position he would play at Louisville. Friend says the Cardinals have talked about him playing either wide receiver or linebacker in college.
"It doesn't matter to me what position I play because I'm going there to play football," Friend said. "But I think linebacker would be my best position because of my size and speed."