Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This appears to be a Furrow Orb-weaver (Larinioides cornutus), a mature male. It’s the weirdest looking one I’ve ever seen with what looks like horizontal stripes on the abdomen, that pattern usually isn’t so pronounced!
Thank you! I just have one quick question as I don’t know too much about spiders. When I lightly tapped the spiders back he raised up his front two legs like a tarantula. Would this still be typical behavior of a Furrow Orb-Wever or other spiders alike?
Well, you poked him so he probably was preparing to defend himself. Orb-weavers have relatively poor eyesight, he may have thought your poke was a bug. It’s not uncommon. Orb-weavers are often timid though, another typical response is to curl up and play dead.