I'm not trying to hijack your thread, but my brother is roughly the same size as your friend and is just getting into camping and also needs a pack with similar specs, so if you've got any packs you're passing on that don't meet your needs, I'd love to know what they are. I've actually been hoping to find him a Gregory Z45 or Z55... maybe my favorite starter pack.
Obviously, I'm also watching for good deals online for him -- if I spot anything that looks like a good fit, I'll let you know. The best thing available right now is the Lowe Alpine Zepton 50 at Sierra Trading Post. There's a coupon floating around right now that drops the price to ~$86. Add an item or two to get the total bill to $100 and it's free shipping as well. If it had hip pockets, I'd probably already have ordered one for my brother--if that's not a dealbreaker for your friend, might be worth considering.
Good luck in your search. Thanks.