Dear Cindy7872 AJ,
I know how you feel! Don't say you like him right away, though. Like what Tyler0430 said, try to hang out and get to know him better. Go out for some ice cream, go to the movies, or even a walk in the park. That feeling to tell him you like him will suddenly go away. Hanging out with each other will help you two to get to know each other and be friends. Being friends is liking someone for who they are. If you spend time with him, you two will be close friends, I just know it. Hope this helps!!
p.s: Sorry I didn't answer right away. A lot of homework!