Michigan target Tyler Friday takes next official visit; Wolverines move on after Tommy Tremble announcement

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Tyler Friday tour continues

Tyler Friday has long been a top target for Michigan recruiting for the 2018 cycle. The defensive tackle from Ramsey, N.J., and Don Bosco Prep is rated as a 4-star player and ranked No. 3 nationally among defensive tackles in this class by the 247Sports composite.

Most analysts believe Michigan leads the recruiting race for Friday, who took his official visit to Ann Arbor on Nov. 25, but Ohio State and, more recently, Alabama have shown up in the picture. The Crimson Tide have replaced UCLA among the final five schools Friday announced last month. He also has Penn State and Miami on his list.

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Friday got an in-home visit from Alabama coach Nick Saban this week and has an official visit to Tuscaloosa scheduled this weekend.

Michigan has had success recruiting New Jersey recently, most notably with Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary, and much of that has to do with linebackers/special teams coach Chris Partridge. He is a New Jersey native and coached at Paramus Catholic High School before joining the Wolverines in 2015.

Friday is not expected to make his decision before Wednesday, Dec. 20, when the early signing period opens. That’s the same for other Michigan defensive line targets Eyabi Anoma, Jayson Oweh and Rick Sandidge. The Wolverines currently have two defensive linemen among their 16 commits for the Class of 2018: defensive ends Aidan Hutchinson and Taylor Upshaw.

Wolverines offer in-state Iowa commit

Tight end Tommy Tremble of Norcross, Ga., chose Notre Dame over Michigan, UCLA and Georgia on Thursday. Michigan immediately moved on by offering a scholarship to Ben VanSumeren of Bay City, Mich., an Iowa commit.

VanSumeren played for Essexville Garber and was named first-team all-state as a tight end in Division 5 by the Detroit Free Press. His recruiting profile on 247Sports lists him as an athlete. VanSumeren (6-foot-3, 228 pounds) also played linebacker. He committed to Iowa on Nov. 10 and visited the Hawkeyes last weekend.

VanSumeren is ranked as the No. 12 player in the state of Michigan by the 247Sports composite.

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