Diamond Looking to See Iowa Again

Jordan Diamond has put his senior high school season ahead of recruiting at this point in the game. That doesn't mean the '12 5-star OT isn't still keeping an eye on his future. He's likely going to check out one of his possible college football destinations this weekend.

Jordan Diamond speaks at least twice a day with fellow Class of 2012 Chicago standout Maurice Fleming. The latter is verbally committed to Iowa and let it be known to his friend that he wouldn't mind teaming up with the Hawkeyes.

"We talk about schools and football in general," Diamond said. "It's good conversation. (Iowa verbal) Jaleel Johnson is an outstanding guy. He's a great athlete, too.

"Iowa is bringing in a lot of talent. I'm watching out for that talent. These guys are my friends, too. I could see myself playing with these guys."

The Hawkeyes have done well in Chicago in this class. In addition to Fleming and Johnson, they also have a verbal from offensive lineman Ryan Ward.

Iowa likely will get another chance to impress Diamond this weekend, when he's planning an unofficial visit. The Hawkeyes play host to Northwestern in a night game at Kinnick Stadium.

"I will probably be going down to Iowa this weekend to check out the game and see how things are going up there," said Diamond, who Monday night was setting up his itinerary for the weekend.

Diamond has slowed down his recruitment to concentrate on his senior season at Simeon High.

"I feel like I'm keeping things in perspective right now," the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle said. "Everything is going smooth. Right now, I'm just focusing on the season before I get down to it in recruiting."

Simeon is off to a 5-1 start (4-0 in the public league).

"I'm getting better every week," Diamond said. "It's not just me getting better. Our whole team is getting better. Our O-line is communicating more. We're getting better as a whole. We're going to be a team to look out for."

Diamond hasn't tipped his hand publicly when it comes to recruiting.

"Right now, there's a solid amount of schools I'm looking at," he said. "I don't want to put that out there right now. I want to keep that to myself.

"There are a solid 10 schools. There are a few up and coming schools that are catching my eye. I don't want to put those out there yet, either. I'm going to wait a couple of weeks to do it."

Diamond plans on taking all five of his official visits after the season. He already has a quite a few unofficial visits on which to reflect. The Iowa trip will be his third there, the last being during the summer.

"The hard part is that I have to pick only five schools off of my list," Diamond said of his official visits. "I'm not working on it as hard as I should because of the season. After the season is over, I'll get down to it."

Diamond said that he's keeping an eye on how his prospective schools are performing on the field this season. He said he will be a factor but not a deciding one.

"I'm trying to make the decision based on just myself and my needs," he said. "I want to go where talent is at. As far as teams trying to rebuild, I could be down with that, trying to rebuild the program, but more than likely I'll pick a school that has talent and things like that.

"That's the hard part, though. Do I want to be on a team that has a lot of talent or do I want to help a team rebuild? That's a question I have to ask myself. I really don't have an answer right now. It's hard. I'm just keeping it cool right now."

Diamond does know what the deciding factor will be in his choice of school.

"I want to be as comfortable as possible in the situation," he said. "When I visit the school I pick, it's going to be about the people.

"I've been to a lot of schools and there are a lot of great people out there. I still don't know what direction to go. When it's all said and done, it's going to be about people and support."

Diamond expects to make his decision close to signing day in early February.

"It's the hardest decision of my life, so it's going to go down to the wire," he said.

Scout.com rates Diamond as the 10th best offensive tackle nationally in his class. The service tabs him as a five-star prospect on its five-star scale.

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