June 16, 2011

Top 250 o-lineman visits Michigan, next is MSU

SOUTHFIELD - Rivals250 offensive lineman Jordan Diamond came into contact on Wednesday with two sets of rival coaching staffs who desperately want to add him to their rosters.

Diamond, a 6-foot-6, 289-pound offensive tackle from Chicago Simeon HIgh School, attended the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, Wednesday afternoon, as an observer, but did not participate in drills.

Earlier in the day, he took an unofficial visit to the University of Michigan, where he sat down and met with members of the Wolverines coaching staff, including head coach Brady Hoke.

And then at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, he saw familiar faces in Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten and Spartan offensive coordinator Dan Roushar. Roushar, Michigan State's former offensive line coach, serves as MSU's primary recruiter in the state of Illinois.

"Coach Roushar is the O.C. right now at Michigan State, so that is a good deal with him having a strong, strong offensive line background," Diamond said. "That plays a key role. We talk about football and other things in general. He's a family person, so that's an easy connect."

Diamond was able to exchange hellos with the MSU coaches, as well as the Michigan coaches who attended the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp.

"Everything is going great," Diamond said. "I'm here (in Michigan) till Saturday. I'm heading up to Michigan State on Friday for an unofficial. Hopefully that goes well. Hopefully I can camp there and work out a little bit and get out and fly around on the field a little bit."

When asked what he likes about Michigan State's coaches, he said: "They are down-to-Earth and straight-forward. That's how the recruits like it. We don't want to hear any fantasy things or anything like that, we just want to hear the truth."

As for his visit to Ann Arbor, Diamond said: "It was pretty cool. We got a chance to sit down and had a real deep conversation on recruiting, and they asked questions on how it's going and things like that. They explained that they needed me here, so that is going to play a major role in me making a decision."

Diamond accompanied his high school teammate Darren Monroe at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp.

"I wanted to come to this camp, and take in some of the life skills things here, and help some of my teammates and meet some of these guys at camp that I originally met on Facebook," Diamond said. "Darren Monroe got an offer today from Wayne State, so that was real good."

Diamond has offers from dozens of major conference schools.

"This spring, I went down to Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and I went to Ohio State too and we just came from Michigan today," he said.

He has offers from them all.

"I'm heading to Arizona in a week or so," said Diamond, who is traveling with his mother. "I haven't been there. So we are trying to hit some places I've never been before. It is going to be exciting for me.

"I really don't have any favorites. I'm just keeping an open mind, and just taking it one day at a time."

Michigan State is pleased to get at least one of those days to itself with Diamond, this weekend.

Diamond indicated that he plans to take some official visits in the fall and likely will not make a decision this summer.

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