Earlier this week, defensive tackle Tyler Friday released his list of top 15 schools, which included North Carolina. The 2018 recruit also compiled an extensive list of programs that included Rutgers, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Miami, Penn State, Georgia, UCLA, Michigan State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Nebraska, and Boston College.
Friday is a four-star player from Ramsey, New Jersey and is considered the no. 56 prospect in the nation. At six-foot-three, 263 pounds, he is the fourth-best defensive tackle and the second-best talent from his home state. According to Scout.com, Friday is an athletic and flexible defensive lineman, but could use to add some strength and improve on his technique once he gets on campus.
UNC has been interested in Friday for quite some time. They offered him in December of 2015, however, they have yet to get him on campus. Meanwhile, he has visited Rutgers on multiple occasions, and has checked out Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State in person. Friday has yet to determine his timeframe, but it goes without saying that the Tar Heels need to get him on campus before he puts them at the top of his list (in a meaningful way, at least).
The Tar Heels will already be looking to improve their defensive line in 2017 after Nazair Jones left for the draft following his junior year. The likes of Jeremiah Clarke, Robert Dinkins, Jalen Dalton, Aaron Crawford, and Marlon Dunlap will attempt to fill the hole, but it won’t be that easy. Tyler Friday is very near to being a top 50 player, so he would certainly help to re-establish the defense as a strength.