Scout.com four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond says he has put Auburn on his list of favorites after spending time on the Auburn campus.
An honor student at Simeon High on the southside of Chicago, a school which is located not far from where the White Sox play Major League baseball games, Diamond said that he will likely make stops at Ole Miss and Tennessee before heading home later this week.
Commenting on his visit to Auburn, he said, "It was phenomenal. I got a chance to meet about everybody. I just enjoyed myself and got in deep with the coaches. I met Coach (Gene) Chizik. He is a down-to-earth, good guy. I was with Coach (Jeff) Grimes all day. He is straight forward, down-to-earth. That is the way I like it."
Diamond points out that Grimes, Auburn's offensive line coach, made it clear to him that the opportunity is there for a talented tackle to sign with Auburn in February and come in and immediately compete for playing time. The likely starters for Auburn at those positions this year are both seniors.
Commenting on what he does best as a football player at Simeon, a team that posted an 11-1 record last year and reached the quarter-finals of the state playoffs, Diamond said, "I am a really balanced tackle. My strongest attribute is getting out in space and picking off safeties, corners and linebackers, getting to the second and third level to help spring our running backs for the extra yards they need."
As a senior his role will expand to include playing time at defensive end, but left offensive tackle will continue to be his prime position.
"Offensively, we run everything," the lineman says, noting that Simeon will line up in power formations, spread alignments and West Coast style formations.
Diamond says he thoroughly enjoyed touring the athletic and academic facilities at Auburn and checked out the new indoor practice fieldhouse, which is currently under construction. "It is awesome, real awesome," he says.
Interested in majoring in either criminal justice or accounting, Diamond says he plans to return to Auburn for another visit. In no hurry to make his college choice, he notes that he plans to wait until after his senior season to pick a college destination.
The 6-6, 300-pound tackle said that he wanted to check out the Tigers because of Auburn's winning tradition and noted he is very glad he made the trip. Diamond pointed out that the bond he builds with the coaches and the players will play a major role in his college choice as will the opportunity for early playing time.