April 10, 2011

Diamond has a big visit to Ohio State

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With just eight total scholarship offensive linemen in the junior, sophomore, and freshman classes combined, it is safe to say that the Ohio State coaching staff is putting a major focus on landing some big name prospects at the position in the 2012 class. One of the nation's best offensive tackles was in Columbus on Saturday to check out spring practice in Chicago (Ill.) Simeon product Jordan Diamond. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound prospect holds more than twenty offers and is being recruited heavily by virtually every program in the Midwest.

Diamond's trip to Columbus was a productive one and the big tackle had a great time on his unofficial visit.

"The campus is enormous," Diamond said, when asked about his experience at Ohio State. "It was big but everything was close together as far as football and academics wise."

The Buckeyes spent part of practice time on Saturday scrimmaging and Diamond was impressed by the attitudes of both the players and the coaches.

"Everybody was flying out there and getting after it, they were hitting pretty hard out there," Diamond explained. "The coaches were getting involved in the teaching aspect of it and correcting the mistakes. (The players) understood what they were supposed to be doing out there and hopefully I can be a part of the program one day."

Diamond spent plenty of time speaking with members of the coaching staff, in particular head coach Jim Tressel and offensive line coach Jim Bollman.

"I talked to all of the coaches," he said. "I talked to head coach Jim Tressel and he was a down to earth guy and he's got a sense of humor. It was just kind of cool getting to see the coaching staff. Coach Tressel is a good guy and coach (Jim) Bollman is a good guy. I got a chance just to really get a good understanding of what they're doing and I can't wait to go back."

With offers from top programs not only around the Midwest but from around the entire country, Diamond certainly has a lot to think about. He's hoping to narrow his scope over the summer.

"I'm going to break it down to about ten (schools) at the beginning of the summer," he explained. "I'm going to get it down to the ten schools that I'm really looking at and then at the end of the summer I want to break it down to five schools and then I'll take my official visits to those schools."

Diamond still has a lot of evaluating left to do before he makes his final lists official but four programs are in strong shape for making the cut.

"Everybody is pretty even right now but Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame are obvious to me that they will (be on the list)," he said.

Diamond will be in Ann Arbor (Mich.) next week for Michigan's spring game. The Wolverines are another program that sit very high on Diamond's list.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing the atmosphere for the game," he said. "I'm just trying to really get a feel for the place, that's why I want to go."


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