Taking his official visit to Auburn while the Tigers were practicing for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Diamond said that he enjoyed getting to see the team and coaches work together on the field. He said having the opportunity to sit down and talk with them on his visit was a big reason why he chose the Tigers.
"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."
Rated the nation's number eight offensive tackle, Diamond said another reason why he has been so high on the Tigers for so long was Coach Gene Chizik. Being away from home means needing another father figure and he feels like that is what Chizik is like for the Tigers.
"He just brings a lot of energy to the table," Diamond said. "He's a mellow guy and down to earth, but he gets right to the point. He tells you everything like he's your own father. He treats you like you want to be treated."
Already ranked as the number three offensive line class in the country by Scout.com, Auburn's group should get another boost from the five-star Diamond (the number two player in Illinois this year). Overall Auburn's class entered the day ranked 14th in the country, but with the addition of Diamond the Tigers have now moved to the number nine class in the nation.
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