The phrase “Thank goodness it’s Friday” has likely gained new meaning for Ohio State football coaches, since Friday afternoon highly sought defensive end Tyler Friday announced his commitment to the 2018 OSU recruiting class.

Friday made his choice known during a ceremony at his school, Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey.

“After this long process, I decided to take my talents to spend the next four years at the Ohio State University,” the 6-foot-3, 262-pound Friday said as he pulled on an OSU cap.

His final three were OSU, Michigan and Alabama, and up to a couple of months ago he was said to be leaning toward Michigan, especially since he hails from an area in New Jersey in which the Wolverines have had strong recruiting success.

But Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic noted a change in Friday’s thinking after his official visit to OSU the weekend of the Buckeyes’ final home game of the season, against Illinois.

“I definitely gained a vibe from him at that point that Ohio State had passed Michigan as far as he was concerned,” Kurelic said.

The OSU focus on Friday picked up after the early signing day on Dec. 20 when, despite signing 21 prospects to what is considered the No. 2 class in the nation at that moment, there was no true defensive end on the list.

Since then the Buckeyes have gotten commitments from DE Tyreke Smith of Cleveland Heights and Friday, both expected to sign national letters of intent on Feb. 7.

“Friday is a big-time addition, and not just because he is rated No.85 nationally in the 247sports composite (of the major recruiting rankings), but because Ohio State needed at least one more defensive end in this class,” Kurelic said. "Plus, they won a recruiting battle with Michigan to get him."

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