Auburn Visit Shines For Five-Star Diamond

Massive offensive tackle Jordan Diamond talks about his trip to Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Chicago, Ill.—Rated a five-star prospect and the number nine offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Simeon Vocational standout Jordan Diamond took his second trip to Auburn over the weekend as he officially visited Coach Gene Chizik's program after earlier taking an unofficial trip earlier in the year.

Checking out the campus and a football practice as the Tigers get ready to face Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Diamond said the enjoyed the visit

"Everything went well," Diamond said. "I had a great time. I had a chance to see and do just about anything I wanted to do. Everything went well. I could definitely picture myself playing there.

"It was just hanging out with the players and seeing practice," he added. "That's two things I wanted to do. I had a good time doing that. They showed me a good time. Right now Auburn has given me something to think about."

Having already taken an official visit to Ohio State with Arkansas, Michigan and Wisconsin coming up in January, Diamond said he is in no rush to make a decision and will wait until he sees all of his finalists before selecting his college destination.

One thing he is sure of, however, is that Auburn made a big impact with him on his trip. Sophomore Eric Mack, an offensive guard, served as his player host on the visit and Diamond said the two got along well as he was able to talk to a player from outside the state of Alabama about choosing the Tigers and what went into his decision.

Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out about his trip was learning more about Auburn's depth problems on the offensive line, the prospect pointed out. The fact the Tigers must replace two starting senior tackles and are short on depth at those positions got his attention. "It jumped out at me like a Halloween mask," he said. "It's pretty cool.

"I like the players and the coaches," Diamond added. "Everybody is about family there. They are supplying me with a great opportunity to come in and play early, which is what I'm looking for in a school. The players really accepted me when I came down and the coaches did also. It plays a big role."

Able to watch the Tigers practice, he said Chizik's energy shined through on the field, but he was also impressed with his demeanor off the field. Diamond said the Auburn head coach treats you like you want to be treated and treats you like your own father. He also had good things to say about Auburn's offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes, and the rest of the staff.

"He showed me some film and what kinds of things he does," Diamond said of Grimes. "He's a smooth cat. He's helpful. He's the kind of coach you want to be around.

"All of the coaches from Coach Trooper (Taylor) to Coach Grimes to Coach Chizik, they are all yelling and getting out there and getting fired up like the players. They are acting young. That's what I like to see."

Looking for the opportunity to play early as well as fitting in well with the current players on the team, Diamond said that the one thing he won't factor into the equation is going to be how far it is away from home.

"It's just the opportunity to play early, stability as a coaching staff and the acceptance of the players," Diamond said. "I've really gotten that at both of the schools I have visited. It's going to be a tough decision, harder than I thought.

"My mom said to go where I feel comfortable and just to do whatever is in my heart," he added. "That's what she explained to me. I'm really digging what she's telling me."


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