Diaz is a versatile JC offensive lineman

One of the top performers at the Los Angeles JC Combine held on May 12th was Cerritos OL Mike Diaz (6-5, 325) and he's already hearing from a plethora of schools across the country. JCFootball.com caught up with the big man from southern California and he updated us on recruiting and what positions he will play this fall.

"Last year, they mainly had me at right tackle, but this year I'll be playing and rotating all over the place," Diaz told JCFootball.com earlier this week. "I'm kind of set to play right tackle and right guard right now, but I think I can play anywhere they need me."

Diaz graduated from Schurr High School in Montebello, California and had some trouble with his senior year transcripts.

"Basically, the NCAA Clearinghouse didn't think I graduated high school, so I actually just sent that off to them a couple of months ago to show them that I did," Diaz said. "I qualified, but I just didn't get things in on time apparently, but I should have that all worked out now."

Diaz had been hearing from UCLA and San Diego State as a senior, but things fell off when it came clear that he wouldn't be cleared by the NCAA to play. So he started looking around at some two-year schools to play at and ultimately decided Cerritos was the best place for him.

"I had planned to go up to Saddleback, but it would have cost me money for rent up there and down here, I can live at home and go to school so this just worked out better," Diaz said. "My family gets to see me and I get to save money. Those are both some pretty important things to me."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Diaz appears to be on his way to several scholarship offers before the start of summer.

"San Diego State and Colorado State have both verbally offered me," Diaz said. "They both came to our practice and said they were offering me. Texas A&M and North Carolina State have both said they want to offer me, but they were just waiting for my transcripts and once they get those they said they'll offer.

"The other schools recruiting me are Arizona State, Kansas State, Kentucky and Boise State."

In order to get Diaz's signature on the dotted line, schools have to have the full package in order to get consideration.

"I really want to see how they support their players from an academic standpoint," Diaz said. "I want the place to feel like a family. Do the players hang out with each other or do they just play ball together and then go off on their own?

"Do the coaches mentor guys? Do I fit in well? Those are all the things I'm going to consider before I make a decision."

Even though he's one of the most technically sound players at his position, Diaz said he still has some things to work on this offseason.

"I want to get my weight down to about 300 so I have some work to do there," Diaz said. "It's just about hard work and eating right so I'm on that now. I also want to work on my explosiveness and ‘get off' so that I can be that much further ahead.

"I was always able to get done what I needed to get done, but if I could just get off a little bit quicker that would make me that much more effective."

Diaz will have three years to play two and plans to graduate in December.

We'll have more from Diaz, as well as his linemate Philip Garcia over the next few months.

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