Jordan Diamond is a talented offensive lineman from Chicago Simeon. He already has at least 17 scholarship offers, and he is grateful for the attention.
"It feels good. I'm just blessed to be in this situation."
Diamond visited the Illinois football summer camp at Lincoln-Way East High School last weekend and spoke about all his spring travels.
"I've been to a few places. I've been down South to Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, Wisconsin last week, Michigan a few times and Ohio State."
There is a likelihood of more visits during the summer.
"I'm starting to cool it down. I saw what I wanted to see this spring, so I've just got to do some more research. I've got to go to a few more places this summer. Not too many places."
The 6'-6", 300 pounder is trying to apply a systematic approach to the process.
"I'm just trying to do as much research as I can, trying to get that comfort level wherever I go."
Diamond visited Illinois for a Junior Day in February. While he visited the Illini summer camp in part to support teammates participating that day, his effort to get there was encouraging to Illini coaches.
"It's just like everybody else. The University of Illinois is in the home state, so Illinois's got a good shot."
Diamond was asked the nature of his line play. He wanted to include his teammates in his answer.
"I'm a balanced o-lineman. I'm athletic, and I'm good at run blocking and pass blocking. I can do it all really. It's not just me out there, it's my whole o-line."
That line paved the way for an outstanding fall, with Simeon falling just short of its quest for a state championship game appearance.
"Yeah, it was a heartbreaker. We should have won the ball game, but we had some injuries during the game. We're gonna come back stronger next season.
"We've got a young team, but we're talented. We're gonna be pretty exciting to see. I think we're gonna be better than last year. We're fired up about the season."
Diamond appeared to be tiring of the recruiting process and all the interviews and travel that accompany his popularity. Illinois still has a chance for him, but it will require persistence and patience.