Tyler Friday hadn’t visited Alabama before this weekend. He admits that before making the trip from New Jersey to Tuscaloosa, it was difficult to gauge his interest in the Crimson Tide because he hadn’t stepped foot on campus.
Friday, a 4-star defensive tackle from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), says Alabama is now in a good spot for him after this weekend’s visit.
“They’re more relevant than what they were before this visit,” Friday told SEC Country. “They’re Alabama. When a team like that tells you that they want you, you need to take that into consideration. They’re definitely in play.”
Heading into the visit, Michigan and Ohio State were considered the teams to beat. Alabama has now inserted itself into the picture for Friday when he makes his decision in February.
“It’s becoming more clear to me,” Friday said on where his recruitment stands. “Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State are definitely going to be in my top 3.”
The 6-foot-3, 263-pound prospect said he doesn’t have any other official visits set just yet. He has already taken visits to Michigan and Ohio State. Friday said he’s just going to take his recruitment week-by-week before deciding if he wants to use his two remaining official visits.
As far as the best part of his trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend, Friday said seeing Alabama work in person is what impressed him the most.
“Honestly, just watching the process,” Friday said. “Everyone knows that Alabama is a great team. Just seeing the process and watching them go through it step by step, it’s kind of self-explanatory to see why they’re so good.”
What can Alabama do at this point to position itself to land his commitment?
“Just keep communicating with me and let me know what’s going on,” Friday said. “I know they have a few guys who are going to the draft this year. I want to continue building my relationship with the coaches.
“There’s a great opportunity for me to play at a great program. It’s definitely appealing to me.”
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