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Scouting Report: 4* DT Tyler Friday From Don Bosco Prep, N.J.

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Strengths: Great bend, thick, very powerful frame, looks like he could succeed anywhere from DE to NT depending on his weight, very powerful hands, great lateral quickness, great pad level, ferocious closer, very effective pass rusher because of his burst and athleticism.

Weaknesses: Can build up his pectoral strength for some of those extended battles with other linemen.


Player that he could turn into: Alright, I know this is a rich comparison, but Friday does bear a lot of resemblances to Rashan Gary.

Overall, the blend of raw, pass-rushing athleticism with defensive tackle size is very rare. He’s a hard worker, a guy who will terrify opposing QBs and running backs, and will be very difficult for even All-American linemen to handle once he really gets his game together.

With that said, he’s not as developed a pass rusher, not as strong or explosive, and doesn’t have the same quick feet. (He’s also a little smaller at 6’3”, 260.) Here’s Rashan’s Hudl film from his junior year, for comparison.

Overall, Michigan football has been doing an A+ job at recruiting for its defensive line, getting Rashan Gary and then Aubrey Solomon in back-to-back classes, plus a host of other, less heralded but equally important pieces to the overall puzzle.

Tyler Friday could be another key component to Michigan’s future success. He’s a phenomenal athlete, very versatile on the line, and will be able to pass rush from anywhere while holding strong in the run game. Jim Harbaugh already has a defensive end/defensive tackle commit, Aidan Hutchinson, in the 2018 class, and adding Friday would be spectacular.