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To get closer I'd say try to find something you're both interested in but something not many other people around you are interested in.
I found music is a good one, things like concerts and exchanging songs and things are really good to get into a good conversation and do. But, I'd say it would work with lots of things for example say, sport, television programs, films... there's lots of different things. But try to make it specific, like a certain music artist, or a certain film producers. If you're really great friends it should be an easy one to point out! :D
If you find something that not many others are interested in it means you can do them together without other girls or his friends being there, allows you to talk to each other yourselves, not when he's being a 'jerk' with his friends.
Talk on facebook, or text and stuff thats a good way to just talk just between each other.
Although I'm kinda worried about the 'jerk' part? If he's ok with you and turning into a jerk around his friends I'd be careful... I'm afraid I've never ran into that problem, but I'd guess he's just trying to act normal or joking around his friends. I dont know though. Sorry.
But I'd say if your friends told him that you like him and he's talking to you more, I'd take that as a good thing! :D Means he's willing to talk at least!
If he didnt reject the first hug, try it again and see where that goes! If you don't hug people often then just start hugging a few others too... makes it less obvious that your trying to directly hug him more. Just an idea, whether that'll work I dont know.
Hope any of that helped, and good luck. Sounds like you both like each other.
Worked with my now boyfriend :P