247 Sports has just confirmed that Morris, IL tight end, Danny Friend, has become the fourth member of Indiana football’s 2013 recruiting class. The 6’5” 235 pound tight end is the 35th ranked TE prospect in the 2013 class and the 18th ranked prospect in the state of Illinois. Friend was highly recruited and received notable interest from Vanderbilt, Oregon, Northwestern, Boston College, and Michigan State. He also received offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, and Minnesota. Ultimately, Indiana was his choice.
It’s easy to see why Coach Kevin Wilson would be intrigued by Danny Friend. He has great size, every bit of 6’5”, and great hands. However, his versatility may be his greatest asset. Many scouts have speculated Friend may be moved inside at some point. He has the size and has proved to be an exceptional run blocker in his time at Morris Community. For his size, he has shown incredible athletic ability and ball skills. He spent time at TE, DE, and even QB during his high school career.
The three star recruit made it clear early on in the process that he would love to play college ball in the Midwest where he grew up. He is also an exceptional student who thought academics would definitely play a factor in his final decision. Coach Wilson has been very particular in the kind of men he recruits, and Friend seems to be another example of the combination of talent and character Wilson is pursuing.
As a junior last season, Friend hauled in 18 passes for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns in just 8 games. He also added 34 tackles and a sack on the defensive side of the ball.
This is a nice commit for Indiana football. Friend adds some nice size to the 2013 class and “bolsers” the depth chart at tight end position (if you see what I did there). Hopefully the commitments will continue to roll in as the summer continues. The optimism grows with each signing; and as we witnessed with Tom Crean and the basketball team, every recruit and every commitment can make an impact on the future of your program.