Michigan recruiting mailbag: Where will Tyler Friday end up?

Have Michigan football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Michigan recruiting mailbag to discuss Wolverines recruiting. This week, we discuss how big the Class of 2018 can grow and how high can it be ranked.

Q: Any word on Tyler Friday? — Sonnie Rollins via Twitter (@rollins_09)

A: Tyler Friday is a 4-star defensive lineman from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey and his commitment appears to be coming down to Michigan and home-state Rutgers. Friday (6-foot-3, 263 pounds) is ranked as the No. 2 player in New Jersey by the 247Sports composite, and the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country. While Michigan has recruited heavily at the position the last two years, the only defensive lineman currently committed for 2018 is Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child. Hutchinson is an end, so adding big bodies inside for this class is still a priority.

Michigan has had recent success recruiting in New Jersey, with Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary being the most notable of those players. Linebackers coach Chris Partridge previously coached high school ball in the state at Paramus Catholic. He has built a good network and close relationships with coaches and players in New Jersey, putting Michigan in good position to sign Friday. Don’t sleep on Rutgers, however, as second-year coach Chris Ash is working hard to build the program to compete at the Big Ten level. While 247Sports gives Michigan the edge in its Crystal Ball projections, one well-respected analyst believes it will be Rutgers.

Q:  It seems to me Michigan is a bit thin in the secondary. Are they trying to add numbers there, or are they happy with the numbers they have? — James T Horrocks (via Facebook)

A: Coaches are never happy. Haven’t you learned that yet?

Michigan has 14 defensive backs on scholarship after presenting Jordan Glasgow with a hard-earned scholarship. Ten of those players are in the 2016 and 2017 recruit classes. It’s not so much thin in numbers as it is thin in experience, but that will change this season. Sophomores David Long, Lavert Hill, Josh Metellus and Khaleke Hudson (at the hybrid viper) all started against Florida. There are four defensive backs committed for 2018, including twins Ge’mon and German Green of DeSoto, Texas.

Q: I want to know where we stand with Rick Sandidge & Isaac Taylor-Stuart!! — via Twitter @MrMsider

A: Michigan is still in the conversation for both Rick Sandidge and Isaac Taylor-Stuart, but isn’t viewed as the top choice for either player. Sandidge is a 6-5, 288-pound defensive tackle from Concord, N.C., who is projected to stay close to home and select South Carolina. Taylor-Stuart is a 6-2, 182-pound cornerback from La Mesa, Calif. He also is projected to pick a school close to home, the other USC — Southern California.

Q: Any big name targets nearing an announcement?  — James T Horrocks (via Facebook)

A: Now that the high school season has begun, players aren’t as likely to make commitment announcements. The addition of the new 72-hour signing period in December also means players can hold off at this point and make their announcements after the end of their seasons. I’ll give you one player’s name who seems to be strongly linked to Michigan: tight end Mustapha Muhammad of Missouri City, Texas. He was impressed with what he saw of the Wolverines last weekend against Florida.

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