Penn State Is On 4-Star DE Friday's Mind

The Nittany Lions are one of a handful of Big Ten schools Tyler Friday visited in the spring. See what he had to say about James Franklin's program.

Whenever New Jersey four-star defensive end Tyler Friday commits to a college program, the headlines will practically write themselves. Expect any number of twists on “TGIF.”

When we caught up with the 6-foot-3, 263-pounder at The Opening Regional in New Jersey recently, however, Friday insisted he was in no hurry to make his big decision. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1778395-psu-s-franklin-on-...

“I’m still open to everyone,” he explained. “I don’t really have any leaders, no top five or anything like that. Just taking it all in, going with the flow.”

He did allow, however, that Penn State is one of the schools in the mix for his services. And two big reasons for that are his respective relationships with Nittany Lion defensive end coach Sean Spencer and head coach James Franklin.

“I would say Coach Spencer and Coach Franklin, (they’re) two great coaches,” Friday said. “You know, Coach Franklin is really down to Earth. We FaceTimed not too long ago.

“Overall, the program is a great program,” he added. “My options are open right now. But I like Penn State.”

Penn State was among four Big Ten schools Friday visited in the spring — the others were Ohio State, Michigan and Rutgers. The trip to Happy Valley left a lasting impression on him.

“Just a great family atmosphere,” he said. “I really felt at home there. A lot of Jersey guys there, so that’s a big part for me.”

Friday described his game as “a combination of power and speed. Great technique, as well. So (I’m) really unpredictable, I would say, as a defensive lineman.”

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At The Opening, Friday worked out with the defensive ends, and Scout has him ranked as the No. 1 DE in New Jersey. But he clearly has the sort of frame that will allow him to grow into a defensive tackle — a quality Franklin’s staff values.

So what position would Friday like to play in college?

“Anywhere on the D-line, I would say,” he said. “Wherever the coach wants me to play. As of right now, I would say defensive end. But if they want me to move inside, I’m fine with that, as well.”

So his college position is to be determined.

His college destination, too. He does not even have a timetable for making the decision.

“I’m just going with the flow,” Friday said. “Whenever I feel comfortable.”

Friday also talked to Scout's Brian Dohn about Penn State. Here are a few quotes from that discussion.

On Penn State in general:

"I liked the campus. I love the coaching staff as well, and Coach Franklin is a great coach. He has a lot in mind, so I wanted to listen to what he has in store for me so I can get to know a little bit more about their program."

On Spencer:

"He's telling me to be ruthless and do my thing on the field and everything else will take care of itself. He tells me to keep my head up and stay humble."

On feeling at home at PSU:

"I think it just feels like home. Jersey has a good connection with Penn State. There are a lot of Jersey guys there."


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Whenever New Jersey four-star defensive end Tyler Friday commits to a college program, the headlines will practically write themselves. Expect any number of twists on “TGIF.”

When we caught up with the 6-foot-3, 263-pounder at The Opening Regional in New Jersey recently, however, Friday insisted he was in no hurry to make his big decision. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1778395-psu-s-franklin-on-...

“I’m still open to everyone,” he explained. “I don’t really have any leaders, no top five or anything like that. Just taking it all in, going with the flow.”

He did allow, however, that Penn State is one of the schools in the mix for his services. And two big reasons for that are his respective relationships with Nittany Lion defensive end coach Sean Spencer and head coach James Franklin.

“I would say Coach Spencer and Coach Franklin, (they’re) two great coaches,” Friday said. “You know, Coach Franklin is really down to Earth. We FaceTimed not too long ago.

“Overall, the program is a great program,” he added. “My options are open right now. But I like Penn State.”

Penn State was among four Big Ten schools Friday visited in the spring — the others were Ohio State, Michigan and Rutgers. The trip to Happy Valley left a lasting impression on him.

“Just a great family atmosphere,” he said. “I really felt at home there. A lot of Jersey guys there, so that’s a big part for me.”

Friday described his game as “a combination of power and speed. Great technique, as well. So (I’m) really unpredictable, I would say, as a defensive lineman.”

http://www.scout.com/player/204039-tyler-friday?s=157

At The Opening, Friday worked out with the defensive ends, and Scout has him ranked as the No. 1 DE in New Jersey. But he clearly has the sort of frame that will allow him to grow into a defensive tackle — a quality Franklin’s staff values.

So what position would Friday like to play in college?

“Anywhere on the D-line, I would say,” he said. “Wherever the coach wants me to play. As of right now, I would say defensive end. But if they want me to move inside, I’m fine with that, as well.”

So his college position is to be determined.

His college destination, too. He does not even have a timetable for making the decision.

“I’m just going with the flow,” Friday said. “Whenever I feel comfortable.”

Friday also talked to Scout's Brian Dohn about Penn State. Here are a few quotes from that discussion.

On Penn State in general:

\"I liked the campus. I love the coaching staff as well, and Coach Franklin is a great coach. He has a lot in mind, so I wanted to listen to what he has in store for me so I can get to know a little bit more about their program.\"

On Spencer:

\"He's telling me to be ruthless and do my thing on the field and everything else will take care of itself. He tells me to keep my head up and stay humble.\"

On feeling at home at PSU:

\"I think it just feels like home. Jersey has a good connection with Penn State. There are a lot of Jersey guys there.\"

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