Friend Hopes To Wow NU Coaches

Morris (Ill.) High School tight end Danny Friend is preparing to attend Northwestern's one-day camp in June. The 6-foot-5 target hopes to impress the coaching staff and earn a scholarship offer.

Northwestern utilizes its summer camps for scouting purposes, which often leads to scholarship offers. Just ask Dan Vitale, Mike McHugh, Andrew Scanlan and Chris Fitzpatrick, among others, who wowed the coaches in camp.

Morris (Ill.) High School tight end Danny Friend hopes for similar fate when he attends Northwestern's camp on June 8.

"If I go to camp and produce, if they like what they see, hopefully they'll offer," Friend said of Northwestern.

Friend recently visited with NU assistant coach Dennis Springer, where it was suggested that the tight end come to Evanston for camp. Springer alluded to the success stories from past Northwestern camps, giving Friend a feeling of optimism.

"Based on that statement, I like my chances," said Friend. "But I still got to go and prove that I'm worth the scholarship."

Friend, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, has received offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. In addition to Northwestern, he has also received interest from Stanford, Illinois and Oregon, the latter two hoping he can play offensive tackle.

Northwestern has suggested an offer is attainable for Friend. If that were to happen, it would shuffle up his list of favorites.

"If (Northwestern) did offer, they would be around the top, if not at the top," Friend said. "That's a diploma that can get you anything you want. They're a pretty darn good football team, too."

Friend is interested in Northwestern for a number of different factors, though none are more intriguing than its head coach, Pat Fitzgerald.

"I was there for the Penn State game and got to listen to him, I love him," Friend said. "Just the way he talks and approaches the game, I really like him."

Friend is planning to give his verbal commitment at some point before his senior season with the Redskins. Of course, there are a few variables which could change that.

"I would like to make a decsion by the middle of the summer, at the very latest, before the season," he said. "There are some schools I'd really like to offer, so it just depends on the situation."

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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