Diaz Remains Wide Open

Cerritos College is one of the top junior college programs in the country, and this year's top prospect on the squad is four-star offensive lineman Mike Diaz.

Cerritos College is one of the top junior college programs in the country, and this year's top prospect on the squad is offensive lineman Mike Diaz.

Diaz had been leading the way for his team's offensive attack, but injured his leg in last week's game against Santa Ana. Originally the injury was expected to keep him out for the rest of the season, but the four-star prospect says that is no longer the case.

"I'm just out for this week," said Diaz. "I was blocking down on their guy and I hedged back out to the defensive end and my lineman was rolled up under me. He came down on the back of my legs, but luckily it isn't too serious. I'll be back next week."

He already has taken one of his five allotted official visits.

"Recruiting is going good," said Diaz. "I just got back from Texas A&M last week. It was crazy over there. It was exciting... the 12th man. It's real fun."

According to Diaz, offers have been extended by Colorado State, San Diego State, Texas A&M, and Kansas State. NC State, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal, and Colorado are still evaluating his sophomore film.

"Arizona State was down today to see me," said Diaz. "I'm planning a trip to see them after the season is over. My remaining four trips will probably be to Kansas State, both of the Arizona schools, and then NC State. I'm going to take them pretty soon because I'm enrolling early."

With one visit in the books, Texas A&M has jumped to the top of Diaz's list.

"Right now Texas A&M is No. 1," he stated. "Then I've got Arizona State, NC State, Arizona, and Kansas State. That would be my top five. Kansas State is where one of my friends went. He said the environment is good. A&M, I like how everything revolves around football there. The school is really involved with football, and they have good academics.

"Arizona is close to home and academically they are strong. It's the same with Arizona State."

NC State is the only east coast program on Diaz's list. What does he like about the Wolfpack?

"I like how they play in the ACC," he said. "It is one of the top conferences in the nation. If I can make it in the ACC, I feel like I can make it anywhere. I haven't been out to the school yet, but I know a lot of the guys in that conference go pro. NC State has a pretty good team too. Plus, I was talking to one of the coaches, and he said the academics were strong there."

Diaz maintains that he will take the rest of his visits before reaching a decision.

"I mainly just want to choose after the season," he said. "I'm waiting to see what comes up. I'll probably just make my decison after that... sometime in late-November or early December."

The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder projects as an offensive guard on the next level. Currently he plans to pursue a degree in History.

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