Friend, from New Market, Alabama, told InsideTheVille.com last week that Louisville was his favorite and that he hoped to commit to the Cardinals during his official visit last weekend. That, of course, didn't happen.
Now, there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding Friend's decision.
Will he sign with Louisville? Did the Cardinals offer a "greyshirt" opportunity? Does Friend have the grades to sign a Division I LOI tomorrow? Or will he head to prep school, junior college or to the Division II ranks next season instead?
"I really don't know yet. It's up in the air right now," Jackson said Tuesday afternoon.
Friend's problem appears one of an academic nature. While the Buckhorn standout wide receiver has scored a qualifying 18 on the ACT, he still needs to boost his grade point average to be eligible next season.
"It's strictly a core GPA issue," Jackson said. "A few other (Division II) schools have been talking to him like Alabama A&M and Northern Alabama in case he does have to prop (48).
"It's real close. Someone might want to take a chance. What you have to factor in is what his GPA will be like after this semester and summer school."