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Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:26 am
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

With official visits being scheduled left and right and coaching hires being made, the recruiting process for several top players is still in flux during the month of January. Such is the case for Chicago (Ill.) offensive lineman Jordan Diamond, who has a short list of schools but his final destination is still undetermined.

"I've got five but things could change," Diamond said. "With coaching staff changes going on, I'm definitely going to wait it out."

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Auburn and Arkansas are the final five listed by the Maxpreps number seven offensive tackle in the class of 2012. He has officially visited all but the Wolverines so far and is looking for each program to match the criteria he's laid out.

"The opportunity to play early is going to be key," he said. "The ultimate thing is being comfortable though. Wherever I go I want to feel comfortable and fit in with the players and coaching staff. I want to bond as soon as I get there. When that feeling comes, I'll make the decision."

The Buckeyes, with new head coach Urban Meyer, appear to be one of the favorites to land the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder. In addition to being on the short list, Diamond's visit last month was a chance to get to know the program better.

"I took a visit on the 17th," he said. "The staff is very energetic. I love the players there and the coaching staff. Urban Meyer brings a lot of energy to what he does. I just had a good time overall there."

Diamond is ranked as the 41st overall recruit in the class of 2012 and plans on making an announcement on Signing Day.
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Diamond will be a Razorback because:

1. SEC West-enought said.

2. Arkansas is number 4 in the 2012 pre-season polls


3. The O line coach at Arkansas has sent 17 players to the NFL.


4. Arkansas plays a pro style offense


5. There is heaven and next is Fayetteville Arkansas


6. Arkansas plays on TV EVERY Saturday and will have at least three games this year on national TV


7. Arkansas graduates two starters off this years offensive line including a tackle.


8. Arkansas has the best cheer in the nation Whooooooo Pig Sooooooie!!!!!      
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:26 am
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

"Urban Meyer will probably be at OSU for fewer years than any recruit coming in next year, in my honest opinion.  "

But who really cares about you, your entire state and most especially, your opinion ...




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Come on over and join the Wolverines -- they already have the #1 offensive line recruiting class in the nation.  Diamond would only add to already stacked OL class that Hoke is bringing in.

UM already has 5 star Kyle Kalis and Eric Magnuson, if they can get either Diamond, Banner or Garnett (UM is on the final list of all three) -- they will have a dominate offensive line for the next 3-4 years. 

Love that Hoke is going back to the pro style offense --  a dominating OL will only make it that much more appealing for the skill players to come onboard. 



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

OSU is a perfect fit.   Columbus, while no Chicago by any strech, is bigger than any of the other B1G towns, and bigger than SEC towns.  Urban Meyer is the ideal coach to play for.  Pushes you to the limit, but also cares.  6 hour drive from chi town.  Family can come to games. 



Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Interesting to note that he said he  "is looking for each program to match the criteria he's laid out".
Every recruit has "criteria" they lay out. For some it is early playing time, for others it is a specific degree being offered. He just wants to play and wants to fit in, that isn't asking that much.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

SEC East* - they are moving divisions I think, sorry, this should make it even easier once they move to the East.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

If you want to play in the big leagues, come down to the SEC.  Although I think Arkansas also would be a great choice, Auburn has the room to put you in and get you enough solid play time to vault you to the next level after college.  And Auburn, in my opinion, will be competing for the SEC West title in two years, possibly even next year.

Urban Meyer will probably be at OSU for fewer years than any recruit coming in next year, in my honest opinion.  



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

I think you read too much into this. I have seen him play and spoken to a coach about his college choices.
He just wants to go to a school where he feels the program is going to give him as much as he puts into it.
He also wants to come out with a degree, and the academic focus varies from school to school, as you know.
Kids from the inner city in Chicago don't have many options if their first choice doesn't work out, he is being smart about it, nothing more than that.
Really a humble, good kid, and a heck of a lineman.



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

It's not so surprising that these talented athlete dictate the terms of their recruitment.  This is how the schools get into trouble with all kinds of promises of cars, ho's and cash.   Some schools even have tattoo percs.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Interesting to note that he said he  "is looking for each program to match the criteria he's laid out".

Kinda like saying if the school doesn't measure up to his standards, he'll go elsewhere?

Still, if you have the talent or enough schools recruiting you, I guess you can toss your commitment to whichever school places the highest bid for your services.


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