March 30, 2011

Spartans in the running for Diamond?

One of the top prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2012 is offensive tackle Jordan Diamond of Simeon High School in Chicago. The 6-foot-6, 289-pound prospect has scholarship offers from BCS programs from coast-to-coast and the list is still growing. has the latest details on his recruitment.

It is a very good year for offensive line talent in the state of Illinois and Diamond is a big reason why. Not only does he possess an excellent combination of strength and agility, but he has the proto-typical frame that college and NFL scouts like to see in a tackle prospect. asked Diamond about his recruitment and what teams have recently jumped into the race for his services.

"Things are going great," he stated. "I now have 20 scholarship offers. The most recent schools to offer me are Arkansas, Florida State, Tennessee and Auburn. I am heading to Notre Dame this weekend for a visit and I will be heading down south during spring break to visit some schools."

Michigan State offered Diamond early on in the process and has been keeping in frequent contact ever since. Spartan Offensive Coordinator Dan Roushar is serving as the primary recruiter of Diamond for Michigan State. We asked Diamond if he has been to East Lansing and his thoughts on the program.

"Yes of course I have been to Michigan State," he said. "Coach Roushar keeps in touch with me. I am looking forward to getting back over there soon. Michigan State has a relaxed, feel at home type atmosphere that I liked."

As many people know, Mark Dantonio does not put pressure on recruits to make their college choice. Dantonio's approach is different than many programs and has served the Spartans well. While some may think pushing for commitments is a good thing, the solid classes and lack of de-commitments under Dantonio is something that cannot be ignored.

That approach certainly cannot hurt the Spartans chances with a player like Diamond. With so many excellent options to choose from, he is in no hurry to make his choice.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am going to take my time with it," he stated. "I plan on taking my official visits and enjoying learning about the schools and which is the best place for me."

The best thing the Spartans can do over the coming months is to continue to build rapport with Diamond and then go out and compete for a Big Ten Championship. Four straight bowl games under Coach Dantonio is an impressive feat, but winning back to back Big Ten Championships is the type of accomplishment that is hard to be ignored. If the Spartans are playing for another Big Ten Championship in late November look for Diamond to be high on the radar along with several other blue-chip recruits.

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