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February 3, 2012

Signee profile: OL Jordan Diamond

During Gene Chizik’s press conference at national signing day, Auburn’s coach indicated the Tigers’ 2012 class was unfinished, citing several players who still hadn’t made their decisions yet.

The Tigers landed one Friday night.

Jordan Diamond, a five-star offensive tackle from Simeon High in Chicago, announced his decision to attend Auburn, a school he picked over Wisconsin, Michigan and Arkansas at his high school on Friday night.

Diamond immediately faxed in his letter of intent to Auburn and became the 20th member of the Tigers’ 2012 signing class.

A 6-foot-6, 289-pound tackle with a powerful frame, Diamond is a natural drive blocker with a powerful push, according to most services, which means that he could play either tackle or guard at Auburn.

Diamond becomes the sixth offensive lineman signed by Auburn in the 2012 class and the 10th lineman the Tigers have signed in the last two classes. Going into this recruiting class, offensive line was the only position group that Auburn identified as a spot the Tigers needed to bring in a high number of prospects, because the team only had nine on the roster.

Rated a five-star by Scout.com (the service used by the Ledger-Enquirer for this recruiting cycle), Diamond is rated a four-star by each of the other two recruiting services, Rivals.com and ESPN.

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    • Committed: Feb. 3, 2012
    • Recruited by: Jeff Grimes
    • Also considered: Wisconsin, Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio State
    • Rivals: 28 position, 7 state
    • Scout: 8 position
    • ESPN: 10 position, 94 ESPNU/150, 1 state
    • Notable: Diamond’s a Parade All-American, and he played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
    • Quotable: “I’m pretty balanced and can run and pass block. I think I can get to the second and third level well and I’m good at trap blocking and pulling.”

And here’s a scouting report by Scout.com’s Allen Trieu:

Diamond has a nice frame with long arms and a solid base in his legs. He’s a naturally strong kid who drives defenders down field and does a nice job finishing his blocks. He has experience in pass protection and does a nice job of using his arm length and locking out on pass rushers. Would like to see him keep working on getting quicker and more nimble. Likely a right tackle or possibly even a guard in college.

3 Comments

  1. Great pickup, this guy is the real deal!

    Comment by MikeP — February 3, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  2. Curious why Diamond is rated 8 and 10 at his position by Scout and ESPN, respectively.. yet he’s 28 according to Rivals? That’s quite a drop from two services compared to Rivals.

    Comment by Hunter-Gatherer — February 5, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  3. I’m no recruiting rankings expert. There is a lot of fluctuation among all three, and it probably comes down to who is doing the evaluations.

    Comment by JErickson — February 6, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

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