Diamond Loves Big Ten Style

Growing up in Big Ten country, Chicago Simeon lineman Jordan Diamond has grown up a fan of the Big Ten style of football. With the intangibles and abilities he brings to the table, it's no surprise that Big Ten schools are quickly becoming a fan of him.

MADISON – A Midwest guy growing up, Jordan Diamond seemingly has all his bases cover.

He's from Chicago and lives just down the road from Northwestern. He grew up cheering for Michigan and has watched virtually every Big Ten school compete on national television.

Needless to say, Diamond is a Big Ten guy.

"I love the high level of competition," Diamond said. "The coaching staffs I have met are amazing, the players are pretty cool and the tradition of the Big Ten speaks for itself."

On the same accord, Diamond's assets speak for itself. A varsity starter since his freshman season, Diamond reports 270 pounds on the bench press, 390 on the squats and a 25-inch vertical jump.

Having also participated in the US Army Junior Combine, the 6'6, 290-lb offensive tackle has already been rated an early four-star prospect by Scout.com and has grabbed offers from Midwest schools Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin, not to mention Arizona, Auburn, Kansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Diamond has already started taking a closer look at some of the schools he grew up watching, having visited Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. After having Diamond up for an unofficial visit for the Northwestern game, the Badgers offered him in late November.

"The game was phenomenal," Diamond said. "The crowd was really into the game. The players were excited on the sideline. The coaching staff was fired up. The fans were just wild, and that's the type of game I want to play in. I am going to try and make another game to check it out again."

With linemen like Joe Thomas racking in Pro Bowl recognitions and Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt expected to be NFL draft picks, Diamond has been well versed with the school's lineman and running back tradition.

"I hear about their tradition all the time," Diamond said. "They put out quality players every year, including the Outland Trophy winner. As far as the running backs, the offensive line is the biggest part. It's pretty amazing, the way I see it, how those guys work on the field. They are all very athletic and very strong. They like to work, and that's something I like to do."

Diamond was originally planning on coming to Wisconsin this weekend for the team's junior day, but changed his plans, choosing to participate in a workout with his teammates and try to travel down to Champaign for Illinois' basketball game against Iowa tonight.

Diamond plans to come to Wisconsin next weekend.

"Illinois is a school that is progressing, and that's a pretty good deal," Diamond said. "You only can get better from here on out as far as I see at Illinois. The competition level is pretty good and they beat a couple big teams this year. I am going to evaluate them this football season and see what's going on."

Like Illinois, the next several months will be Diamond's evaluation period, as he sits with no favorites.

"I am going to take this real slow because this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Diamond said. "I am going to take all my visits and then put the hat on."

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