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Cumberland Valley DT Kyle Friend issues oral declaration to Temple

Written by: on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


An interior defensive lineman from the Mid Penn Conference has issued a pre-season oral declaration to a program from the Mid-American Conference.

Kyle Friend, a 6’2, 265-pound defensive tackle from Cumberland Valley High School, issued an oral declaration to Temple Tuesday, according to national recruiting service  Friend’s profile on Scout only listed Temple as having extended a verbal offer with no other programs showing interest listed.

Friend is the fourth Keystone State defensive line prospect in this 2012 recruiting class to issue a pre-season declaration to a Division-1 college, joining Neshaminy’s Kiser Terry (Temple), Central Bucks East’s Jake O’Donnell (Miami (FL)) and Mt. Lebanon’s Arthur Goldberg (Wisconsin).

Friend is also the fourth Division-1 prospect from District 3 to issue a pre-season declaration – Lancaster Catholic’s Adam DePietro, Bishop McDevitt’s Brock Dean and Palmyra’s Jon Hicks are the others.

The senior-to-be had a solid junior season for the PIAA AAAA semifinalist Eagles, rackingup 95 tackles (17 solo), six sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.3 tackles per game.  He finished with a season-best 17 tackles in a 35-6 victory over Central Dauphin East and was part of a CV defensive unit, including reserves, which held 10 of 15 opponents to 17 points or less, with one shutout.  Cumberland Valley allowed an average of 15.3 points per game.

Cumberland Valley capped the 2010 season with its third consecutive season of 12 victories, winning its second straight District 3 AAAA championship and 12th district title in school history.  The Eagles’ playoff run ended at the hands of eventual PIAA AAAA champion North Allegheny, 35-17.

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