More Work Ahead for Diamond

Although his current teammate, and future Michigan offensive lineman, says he's already a lock to play for the Wolverines, four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond has too many options at this point to make a decision.

MADISON - Teammates together on the offensive line at Simeon (Ill) HS, Chris Bryant and Jordan Diamond have been a force together in the trenches. If Bryant has his way, they'll be teammates in college as well.

Bryant didn't waste any time in making a decision on his recruitment, committing to the University of Michigan last December, and he's planting the seed with Diamond on a consistent basis, as well. Bryant told Scout.com two weeks ago that it was only a matter of time before Diamond committed to Michigan, and that he was on his way to the store to get the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Diamond some maize and blue outerwear.

Upon hearing that comment, Diamond laughed and gave 17 other college coaches a reason to exhale.

"He's just blowing some smoke," Diamond told Badger Nation. "He wants me to be his teammate pretty bad, but I am still undecided and don't have any definite favorites."

Diamond – a four-star offensive tackle that's ranked No.9 in the country at his position by Scout.com – has no shortage of options when he begins the process of narrowing his list to a top five or a more manageable top 10, and he certainly has been busy since the start of spring.

So far this spring, Diamond visited Ohio State for a practice, Michigan for its spring game and went to Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee during his spring break, getting a feel for different conferences and environments.

"It's been really good going to different schools, getting some details on different schools and moving forward from there," Diamond said.

One school Diamond hasn't visited on his large offer list is a Wisconsin, a visit he's had to reschedule twice due to conflicts, but a place he does plan on making.

"I want to get there and get a feel for things, see the campus, meet the players if possible and try to get comfortable there because it's a place I am definitely considering," said Diamond.

Part of the reason Diamond is so anxious to see Wisconsin is in part because of the job co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and offensive line coach Bob Bostad have done in recruiting him. With coaches being able to come into the schools during the month of April, Diamond has had so many visitors on a daily basis that he keeps a list of the schools that come in to visit and the number of times they visit.

The results have Wisconsin at the top of the list along with Notre Dame and Ohio State.

"I keep track of it myself to find out who really wants me and those are the three for me," Diamond said. "It had an impact on me. As a player, you want the coaches to be interested in you and you want to be able to have a good conversation with them so I feel comfortable. I definitely feel that with those three schools."

While he doesn't have his list of favorites, Diamond does admit that Auburn, Ohio State and Michigan all stand out to him, mostly because he's been able to visit the campuses and meet the coaching staffs. That list will most likely change, seeing as Diamond has plenty more unofficial and official visits in his future.

"I am going to commit when I am ready, whether that is tomorrow or way down the road, but as of right now, I want to take my five official visits," Diamond said. "I want to take my official visits and get that gameday atmosphere."


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