The school that developed top New Jersey linemen like Darius Hamilton (Rutgers), Kevin Feder (Ohio State), Alquadin Muhammad (Miami) and Brandon Simon (Iowa) has another big name in the locker room with 2018 two-way big man Tyler Friday.
Friday picked up recruiting momentum as a sophomore with early offers from Rutgers, Michigan and Ohio State and the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder hopes to visit all three in the spring or summer. Friday has teammates at both Rutgers and Ohio State and relationships in the Michigan program after the Wolverines added a half dozen from the Garden State on National Signing Day.
"I knew this was coming for a long time and my family talked about it years ago saying you're going to get your shot but now it's here," Friday said. "Now I just try to stay humble and fly under the radar."
The idea of flying under the radar died shortly after Michigan and Ohio State offered Friday as a sophomore. He hopes to see both on visits, and plans to be back at Rutgers during the spring.
On Michigan ... "Michigan is a great school. They have a lot of Jersey guys. They have a history being in Jersey. They just got a big-time commitment from Rashan Gary, there's a lot of Jersey guys up there, Jabrill Peppers. It should be fun going up there and taking my visits."
On Ohio State ... "Ohio State's just a great program all around. I've heard a lot about them actually and I want to get a chance to go up there and get a chance to experience it for myself."
On Rutgers ... "It's a new era with the Ash era as everyone's saying. Being close to home is actually a good thing too. Rutgers was my first offer, which really meant a lot to me."