February 9, 2011

Can the Bucks sway Diamond?

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The Buckeyes will be looking far and wide in the class of 2012 for offensive tackles and the search has taken them to the Windy City to see what Chicago (Ill.) Simeon high school Jordan Diamond is all about.

The 6-foot-6, 289-pounder is out of one the powerhouse programs in Chicago and knows a thing or two about putting players into BCS conference programs. Diamond looks like he will be the next in line with more than double figure offers at this point and more coming his way.

Ohio State was one of the most recent schools to get into the fray and the news from Jim Tressel was welcome and a bit unexpected as well to the big lineman.

"I called coach Tressel after I found out that they wanted to talk to me," Diamond said. "We started to talk about the program and everything like that and then they offered me. I was kind of speechless as it was because I was nervous about talking to him."

But the irony of the situation has to be the fact that Diamond didn't grow up rooting for Ohio State. He grew up rooting for the team that was the furthest thing possible from Ohio State, the Michigan Wolverines.

"I couldn't stand Ohio State at the time," Diamond said. "The two programs would always go at it. Ohio State might win two and the Michigan would get one. As a youngster I really didn't like them though."

Diamond joked though when asked about being a Michigan lock. More schools are getting involved and both Purdue and Indiana could be close to offering him as well. The rising senior has had a chance to do his research on Ohio State and knows that there could be a lot of positives if he chooses Ohio State ultimately.

"It is a good school and the coaching staff is excellent and they are always in the hunt every year," Diamond said. "They have consistency with their coaching staff and that will get you a long way. I am looking hard at both Ohio State and Michigan but evryone else as well."

The Buckeyes have commits from two offensive linemen in the class of 2012 so far with tackle Kyle Kalis and guard/center Jacoby Boren. Ohio State will lose four on the line after the 2011 season and in this information age Diamond has been trying to keep tab of personnel situations at the schools he is interested in.

"I am trying to do my own research on depth charts," Diamond said. "I know that Ohio State has a lot of guys going out but they also have a bunch going in but it's cool."


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