Irish shine for Diamond

This past weekend saw one of the top targets on the Irish recruiting board make an unofficial visit to campus. Irish Eyes spoke with Jordan Diamond about his visit to Notre Dame.

Make no mistake Jordan Diamond is a wanted man by many of the top college football programs across the country. Notre Dame had a chance to show the 6-foot-6, 290-pound product of Chicago (IL) Simeon Vocational High School some of the sights and sounds and Diamond came away impressed.

"My visit we well," Diamond said by phone on Sunday night. "I had a chance to watch the team compete and saw players flying around the field."

Notre Dame coaches did not wasted Diamonds visit with small talk, as they made sure he got a campus tour.

"I saw just about everything when I was there. I was very impressed with some of the paintings on the walls and how the older buildings combine with some of the newer buildings."

While walking around campus was an advantage to the visit, Diamond still learned more about some of the traditions at Notre Dame.

"I was very impressed with their tradition. "They have a walk on game day where the team walks to chapel and prays before each game before going to the stadium as a team. Everyone is out there cheering for the team."

While the pace of a Brian Kelly practice surprises some players, Diamond found it to his liking.

"Having a chance to see a fast pace practice, up tempo like I am use to being in will play a factor in my decision. "

While Diamond is not sure about when he will return to campus, he is getting comfortable with the relationship he is building with his main recruiter Coach (Chuck) Martin.

"Coach Martin is my main recruiter and I am building a strong relationship with him. Our conversations have been about the great opportunity in front of me with Notre Dame and a chance to compete as a freshman. I just have to get out there more and build a stronger relationship with players and coaches at Notre Dame so I get a better feel for the place."

Having watched Coach (Ed) Warinner run the Irish offensive linemen in practice gave Diamond a small look at his possible future.

"Watching everybody competing and receiving great coaching was great. The offensive line looks a little light, but they are looking really good."

Irish Eyes will continue to check back with Diamond as the recruiting process continues.


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