With decision day now officially one week away for Chicago Simeon star Jordan Diamond, he is bracing himself for a thorough and intense deliberation process. Recent scuttlebutt had that task becoming a little bit easier thanks to the elimination of Ohio State and Auburn from contention, but the five-star prospect says such reports are only partially accurate.
“I dropped Ohio State,” Diamond reported. “I wasn’t really feeling it. I lost communication with them for a while and I just lost the feeling for them. Auburn is still one of the programs that I’m really looking at, though.”
So too is Wisconsin. The Windy City standout dismissed talk that he was contemplating cancelling his final visit to Madison. That trip will be the final phase of a weeklong recruiting blitz that also saw him host in-home visits with a number of college coaches, including a few from Michigan.
“(The in-home with the Michigan coaches on Tuesday) was cool,” said Diamond. “It was three of them... Coach Hoke, Coach Funk, and Coach Hecklinski. Everything went well. We talked Michigan football, but (the part I liked most) was just the fact that they came down to the (house). Coach Hoke came down and showed me some love. That is really important. He came down and we had a good conversation, we bonded, and we got a chance to know each other better. We took a step forward.”
Diamond was flanked by his mother during the interaction just as he has been during every step of his recruiting journey. Her input will be instrumental in his decision, but she has made it a point to let her son form his own opinions about each of his suitors.
“My mom liked the (in-home) visit,” Diamond stated. “She likes Michigan, had fun, and got all of her questions answered. But mom… she really likes all of them. She really doesn’t have any favorites. She said that wherever I go, it’s going to be a good choice. She said it doesn’t matter how far it is… as long as I feel comfortable she’ll be happy.”
One of the questions both mother & son had was about the chance he would have to make a quick impact at Michigan. The answer was one that stuck with the talented youngster.
Recalled Diamond, “we spoke about opportunity and they said there has never been a greater opportunity for a freshman to go in and play early (on the offensive line).”
That’s certainly food for thought, but it obviously wasn’t enough to bring him to a decision. After taking this long to make his choice Diamond is determined not to rush things at the very end.
“I’m going to come to a decision on the 3rd,” he said. “I really don’t know what I’m going to do right now. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do.”