“I loved it,” Diamond said regarding his time in Ann Arbor Saturday. “I Ioved everything about it. I loved the atmosphere, the fans, the crowd…it was absolutely crazy today! I really enjoyed myself. The game was crazy. I absolutely loved it. It was a different experience from the UMASS game I went to earlier in my career. It moved (the Wolverines) up, definitely. Definitely it did.”
Diamond’s 6-7, 300 lb. frame is rather conspicuous, so scores of Michigan fans in attendance at the Big House had no problem picking him out among the throng of recruits in attendance.
“I’m known out here in Ann Arbor and I appreciate all my fans that are really supporting me,” the five-star lineman stated. “They know I’m taking my time with this whole thing. I just had fun today and enjoyed the game. This is going to put me one step closer to making a decision.”
While the love the fans showed Diamond was definitely valuable, they only had an afternoon to demonstrate it. Such opportunities come much more frequently for the Michigan coaching staff.
“I talk to Coach Funk every week,” Diamond reported. “He gets a call once a week. He is always the first one to call… him or Coach Heck. I stay in touch with him every week. It’s a really consistent thing with Michigan.”
One of the primary topics of discussion between the coaches and their prospective pupil is Michigan’s dire need for lineman. To date the Wolverines have secured verbal commitments from five line prospects. That might be seen as a deterrent by some youngsters, but not by Diamond.
“It’s competition,” he said matter-of-factly. “Everybody is going to sign linemen. Are you going to compete to earn your spot? That’s what I’m there to do.”
That attitude is a positive sign for the Maize & Blue. So too is the persistence shown by Michigan freshman, Chris Bryant and his family in trying to lure Diamond to Ann Arbor.
“Chris is always saying Go Blue,” Diamond said laughingly. “He is saying Go Blue and so are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant. They’re really supporting me too. I’m just blessed to have all of this support. Chris is one of my best friends. It’s hard to turn down friendship.”
That doesn’t mean that Diamond has settled on Michigan. Far from it actually. As a matter of fact, he is just now on the verge of trimming his list.
“I have about ten (schools still on the list), but I’m going to break it down to about seven or five pretty soon… probably in a couple of weeks.”
“I know I’m going to take an official visit (to Michigan)… I just don’t know what date yet. Right now I’m in the process of breaking down a list. “
Once that happens Diamond plans to take his time paring his list down to the final victor.
“I’m going to wait until signing day to do that,” he said.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for much more on Diamond in the coming weeks.