Friend excels in the trenches

Morris (Ill.) High School product Danny Friend was shifted to the trenches at Northwestern's Friday camp, and he was tested on the offensive line and defensive line. Friend is hoping his showing earns an offer.

A standout tight end, Danny Friend was welcome with a surprise at Northwestern'S Friday camp. NU coaches 6-foot-5, 250-pounder to trenches.

Friend was shifted between the offensive line and defensive line, while Northwestern coaches carefully observed his performance.

"It was something different for me," said Friend of the transition. "(NU coaches) wanted to see how I would react and respond to their instructions. They said I did a great job."

Northwestern is pursuing other options at its superback position, which is currently filled with plenty of depth. Oregon is one of the many schools which project Friend as an offensive lineman, too.

The next step for the 'Cat coaches is to pop in the tape from Friday's camp and further evaluate his showing, before deciding whether or not to extend a scholarship offer.

"They're going to wait and compare all the guys similar to me and the rest of their recruits, and they're going to see how I stack up, then decide after that," Friend said.

Northwestern coaches also told Friend they would like to maintain consistent contact and continue to build a relationship. Thus far, Friend is a fan of Pat Fitzgerald and the staff.

"I like Coach Fitzgerald," said Friend. "He's not only a great coach, he's a great person. Whatever he tells you, he will get done. I like all the coaches. They're all rally good coaches and I really enjoyed the camp."

Friend currently holds offers from Indiana, Oregon, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. His timetable extends toward the end of the summer, but likely not beyond that.

"I would like a decision made, at the latest, before this season starts, to focus on my team and winning a state championship, our goal," he said. "I don't want any distractions from that. The sooner the better."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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