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Michigan hoping long-term relationship pays off
Tyler Friday’s commitment announcement should come to an end this week, according to Sam Friday. The father of the Ramsey, N.J., defensive tackle who has been a top-priority prospect for Michigan told Brian Dohn of 247Sports that his son’s decision is close at hand.
“It should be this week,” Sam Friday said. “He has a video he is going to release. He will sign in February.”
Friday will choose from Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama. He has visited all three campuses, including a Nov. 25 trip to Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Ohio State game. Friday visited Ohio State the week prior, and went to Alabama on Dec. 15.
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Michigan first offered Friday a scholarship in 2015 when he was a sophomore at Don Bosco Prep was an offensive guard. The Wolverines have continued to maintain a strong relationship with Friday, with assistant coach Chris Partridge (a New Jersey native and former high school coach at Paramus Catholic) being one of his main recruiters. Friday is rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite and is ranked as the No. 85 player in the Class of 2018. He played a lot of defensive tackle for Don Bosco the last two seasons but is being recruited more as an end.
Michigan has long been considered a favorite to sign Friday but the latest 247Sports Crystal Ball projections have him leaning toward Ohio State.
Everyone should find out one way or another sometime this week.
Wolverines working on St. Louis connection
Michigan is high on the list of a pair of 2019 prospects from St. Louis Trinity in wide receiver Marcus Washington and athlete Isaiah Williams. The teammates were at the Under Armour Fab 50 Underclassman Camp in Orlando, Fla., prior to the Under Armour All-America Game. Williams is rated as a 5-star prospect and the No. 26 player overall nationally, while Washington is a 4-star prospect who is ranked No. 39 overall in the 2019 class.
Williams, who plays quarterback for Trinity, told Land of 10 that Michigan is looking at him as a possibility on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back.
“They told me if they need me to play receiver and if they have a slot open I could fill that slot, basically,” Williams said, although cornerback and safety are also options.
Washington said he has developed a good relationship with assistant coach Joe Hastings. He told reporters that Michigan’s offensive struggles in 2017 don’t concern him or weigh into his decision-making.
“That doesn’t downgrade them. They’re a young team right now and I feel like they will become better,” Washington said.
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