Film Study Pays Off for Diamond

It's been a long recruiting process for five-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond, a process that has included over 17 BCS offers and constant calls from coaches and the media. So the big Chicago Simeon tackle decided to make a commitment to put an end to the madness for the time being.

MADISON - Jordan Diamond has verbally committed to coming to Wisconsin.

Now whether he's going to be wearing the Badgers' cardinal and white starting in the fall of 2012 is still undecided, but Diamond said there's no question that he's going to spend the Fourth of July weekend with some friends and teammates going down water slides and driving go-karts in the Wisconsin Dells.

"I'm going to take my mind off football and have a little fun," Diamond told Badger Nation.

That's been the story lately for the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Chicago Simeon HS, fun and relaxation first, recruiting and media a distant second. A nationally sought-after recruit, rated five stars and the No.9 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Diamond has offers from all corners of the country from most of the elite, tradition-rich programs in the country.

"I am starting to get used to it," Diamond said. "At first, it was kind of overwhelming, but I am starting to settle down by keeping the media at a firm reach and keeping the coaches informed with what I am doing."

Diamond has been a busy man since the summer started. He's taken trips to Auburn, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He's also visited Michigan multiple times. For the schools he hasn't visited, Diamond has been busy doing his research either on the computer or by popping in game film from last season.

"I am just preparing myself just to get a better field for every school," Diamond said. "I like watching film from the past season. I've done a lot of research on Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State even though they are going through a little bit of trouble, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin."

Diamond's study process is quite ingenious. Having taped college football games from team's that have shown him interest, Diamond will study the moves and the blocking patterns of that team's offensive line.

"I watch the position closely and the way they are supposed to play," Diamond said. "I know some schools like Michigan are going through some changes with its offense, but it seems like I could fit in with their new offense. I know I could fit in well with Wisconsin. I could see myself playing at any school in the Big Ten. I love the way they play. I am really excited about the whole film thing. It lets me know what I am getting into and get a sort of jump on learning the offense."

One of the coaching staffs Diamond has been talking to recently is Wisconsin, who has been on a recruiting tear for its 2012 recruiting class. Always known for recruiting and developing offensive linemen, of the Badgers' eight verbal commits, four are four stars by Scout.com and two of those are linemen.

According to Wisconsin, Diamond is still the school's top tackle on its recruiting board, as the Badgers plan to sign one or two more linemen.

"There is still room, which is good because I like them a lot," Diamond said. "When I visited, I tried to fit in with the players, the offensive linemen, and I really liked what they had to offer a guy like me."

Diamond plans to take his official visits based on the cost, going to places like Florida or Oregon, and keep taking unofficial visits to schools like Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He hasn't committed to any visits, a top ten or a timetable. The only thing Diamond is committed to is having a weekend away from the recruiting process in the Dells.


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