"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Illinois OL Jordan Diamond has been one of the most sought after prospects in the midwest. The four star prospect has taken a ton of visits, and done his homework on each school he's interested in. Diamond's popularity has been fun, but has also been overwhelming at times for his family. I spoke with his mother today to get her perspective, and where Jordan and the family are at with his recruitment.
TOM: I know that you all have taken quiet a few visits now. Were you on all his visits with him?
MRS. DIAMOND: I've been on all the visits and we've really liked all of them. Everywhere we go when we leave I've said pick this one. We went to Wisconsin over the weekend and I loved it. They're only two and a half hours away. I love Michigan because of Christian [Bryant, 2011 signee], the staff, and my mom is an hour and a half away. I love each school for different reasons. I loved Ohio State believe it or not. I think they showed us the best time when we went there. I loved Notre Dame because of the prestige, I love Illinois because Coach Smith is always there. Like Michigan's staff, he's always available. If I had to pick, I would put them all in a hat and pick one.
TOM: You mentioned Michigan, was there anything that has stuck out about their program to you?
MRS. DIAMOND: One thing I can say about Michigan is that they've been there since day one. Even since Coach Rodriguez left they've always been there. I always tell Jordan that he has more fans at Michigan than anywhere else. They like him, they appreciate him, and if there's a Michigan fan wherever we are, they know him. Christian [Bryant] is coming to Michigan too, and my mother lives an hour and a half away, so those are the good things.
TOM: You've mentioned your mother living there, is that something that will play into all this?
MRS. DIAMOND: My mom lives in Saginaw, Michigan. That's pretty close to the university. She wants to move back to Chicago because that's where she's from. I've asked her to stay there for now because if Jordan goes to Michigan then I would probably move there soon. So before she does anything I want to know what he's going to do.
TOM: Does that mean you guys are hoping he decides soon, or you're just waiting for him to decide then go with it?
MRS. DIAMOND: I was hoping that he would have made his decision by now. I can't imagine how in the world he's going to make a decision. Every place we've been has been nice. I know that we're ok right now, but I'm not sure where we'll be at in two or three years, what situation we'll be in. I don't know if we can drive across the country to watch a football game. If he went somewhere four to five hours away then we could get there.
TOM: It sounds like this has all been pretty overwhelming for you. Are you guys going to take any more visits any time soon?
MRS. DIAMOND: Next weekend, we'll leave here Wednesday morning for Michigan and we'll be back Sunday. He's not participating in any more camps, but he'll be watching some of his teammates at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. We'll go down for that and then we'll take in the University afterwards, we take that opportunity every time we get it. I don't believe we'll be doing any more traveling far away. He has enough on his plate so I don't think he needs to see anything else. How many schools can you decide to pick from?
TOM: As a parent what has it been like going through this process? Your son has garnered so much attention and has a huge opportunity, how does that feel?
MRS. DIAMOND: I'm a proud mom and I love my son to death. It's hard to describe, it's hard for me to talk about it to people because people don't understand. My strength comes from Chris Bryant's parents, because they've been there. I call his parents if I need a shoulder or have a question. My friends don't know what I'm talking about and can't relate. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for him, but it's overwhelming and I'll be glad when it's over.
TOM: It's been overwhelming for you, do you think it's been the same for Jordan, and have you seen any growth from him out of this process?
MRS. DIAMOND: I think this is making him stronger. I think that he's the most humble person I know. I don't even know if it's bother him like it's bothering me. He just takes it all in and keeps going. He's not arrogant, he tells me I talk too much because I do all the talking. He's the same quiet, dedicated kid he's been all the time.
From 11W site, someone posted this animated gif created by LSU Freek...
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|J Ross||#7 ILB||
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In a couple of his radio interviews, George Dohrmann hinted at a possible follow-up article covering some of the things for which he did not have sufficient evidence to include in his original piece. There is some chatter today over on Bucknuts (and I heard it also from a friend who lives in Columbus) that SI is continuing to poke around down there. The Bucknuts chatter (rumors only) is that it has to do with the Mary Jane allegations. I asked my friend about that but he could not confirm any specifics of what SI is investigating. Stay tuned.
Not much love so far from Bristol as only 2 current M commits made the cut:
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|Michigan||OLB||6'2"||215||Cass Technical H.S. (MI)|
So the Rose Bowl is going to be on Jan 2 this year... I haven't been a college football fan long enough to know if this is standard operating procedure or what when Jan 1 falls on a Sunday. I feel like I should be outraged, so can the MGoCommunity clear this up for me??