1. Sounds like the best recruit for the class of 2013 so far! We actually beat other big ten teams for Friend, I’m even more impressed that we beat Oregon! Coach Littrell will be a heck of a recruiter! Great job, I really hope we can turn the IU Football program around and make it respectable!

  2. “Friend also had offers from Oregon, Purdue, Boston College, Minnesota.”

    When you beat out Oregon and three other BCS-conference schools for a recruit, you’re on the right track. This is impressive.

    Another recruit with outstanding size. And given his rating, it looks like the kid can play.

    More great news for IU football’s future!

  3. Saw a blurb that Oregon’s offer was for him as a OT and not TE, so it may be a matter of what position he wants to play. If Wilson recruited him as a TE then I hope he provides him the opportunity to challenge for that position. I would hate for Wilson to promise him the opportunity to play TE just so he would come to IU and then pull a bait and switch and have him go directly to the OL without ever having the chance to compete as a TE.

    I Friend gets a fair shake at being a TE and it doesn’t pan out and Wilson believes his ability would best be served moving to OT I have no problem with that. I do know that their are coaches who will promise a recruit anything just to get them to sign only to renege later. Unless you’re an Alabama or LSU this tactic can really come back to bite you when recruiting future players.

  4. This is a good comittment for IU. Northwestern became fairly competitive in the big ten and abroad by building with primarily solid and good players in the three star range.

  5. Their are two types of tight ends. Those that are primarily in the game to catch passes and those that are in the game to block, almost exclusively, like a second tackle. In watching Friend’s HS Highlight tapes, he seems to have very good hands and he can jump a bit. He does not appear to be fast, but he gets down field and is so much bigger and taller than the HS kids defending him, he uses his body to either out jump the defenders, or shield them from the ball and catch it. Of course, that won’t be as easy to do against Big Ten defenders.

    My guess is he’ll be given a chance to play tight end. If he can improve his speed and has the hands that he appears to have, he can be a productive tight end in the Big Ten. But I’m pretty sure, one way or the other, his blocking skills will be essential to his playing time.

  6. Tight ends are like 400 meter runners in track and field; they can run for speed, endurance, use their strength and have a level of athleticism that can be used in a myriad of ways by themselves or as a tool of mixed skills in itself. If KW could recruit 12 football player/athletes like Friend each year seems to be, we’d have a successful football team.

    Recruiting ‘up-front’ guys (offensively and defensively) both in the laterals and inside based on recruiting the physical types that come with tight ends like Danny Friend is nothing but intelligent recruiting. While we want size, we should stay away from immobility based exclusively on 300+ lbs of Crisco. Whether the recruits begin with two, three or four stars the potential to develop a five-star winner is there with the ‘tight-end type’. That is what hiring Kevin Wilson was about, that and a new culture of attitudes towards ‘becoming winners’ Bill Mallory already showed Hoosiers that road, glad we remembered the street map.

  7. Based on a 30 minute tape of his highlights from his Junior season. Pretty good highlight tape, too. He sure found the end zone often enough, both on offense and defense.

    I noticed that Friend caught a couple of passes with one hand while running down the field. One pass was behind him and he turned and snagged it one handed, tucked it in and ran for the TD. Another time the pass was a little high and he reached up with his left hand and caught it one handed Impressive for a junior in HS.

    Could not really judge his speed. He was often covered by a defender but caught the passes anyway, so he can do it in traffic. I did not see him running by anyone, but it did not prevent the QB from throwing to him. At the same time, while playing defense, he ran down the opposing QB from behind to make a tackle in the backfield.

    If some of the other BCS-conference schools recruiting him wanted to transform him into an offense tackle, it’s probably because his 40-time is a bit on the slow side for a tight end. My guess is that he takes a while to hit his stride, but when he gets those long legs moving he’s fast enough.

    Looked like a good defensive player too.

  8. Podunker, I’m no scout, but I do know that one aspect of a quality TE is their ability to get off the line with an explosive first step that allows them to achieve top speed in a couple of steps. If Friend doesn’t have a good first step and it takes him four or five steps before he even starts to get to top speed I could understand why other teams were looking at him as a OT.

  9. Waiting…you may actually get triplets before you get twins. Question is, would you celebrate it?

  10. TE rarely release cleanly off the line. As often as not somebody is getting chucked by the tight end when they release.

    In most offensive sets, anyway.

    I don’t think it’s that easy to pigeon hole a TE. It’s whatever the coach envisions his TE to be.

  11. Waiting, I was simply speculating on why some of the other BCS-conference teams may have been telling Friend that they wanted him as an O-linemen. I have no idea from the tape I watched how quick his first step is.

    A 30 minute highlight tape, half of which is dedicated to his defensive play, is insufficient to judge his talent, let alone his speed. But at the very least, it appears to me, from that tape, the young man has good hands and makes catches in traffic. The one-handed receptions were impressive and Friend found the end zone frequently.

    My guess is that Wilson knows what he’s doing.

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