ESPNU 150 OT experiences first ND game

It was a last-second decision, but Chicago Simeon offensive tackle Jordan Diamond ended up joining the slew of other ESPNU 150 members at Notre Dame this weekend. The trip helped cement Notre Dame among the schools Diamond is considering.

“They’re pretty solid up there,” said Diamond, who has been a tough read through much of the recruiting process. “[The visit] only adds to the chance of going to them.”

Late last week, Diamond was still undecided about attending the Notre Dame-USC game, which featured some of the country’s most talented seniors and juniors. Diamond was contemplating a trip to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State game against Wisconsin.

The Badgers are considered one of the favorites to land Diamond, who plans to announce Feb. 2, the day after National Signing Day.

“I decided to go to the Notre Dame game, because it was my first Notre Dame game,” Diamond said.

Overall, the experience was a positive one for Diamond, who especially enjoyed the Notre Dame player walk, where a number of fans cried for the recruits to join the Notre Dame family.

“It was a good experience to get out there and see what they’re all about. I enjoyed everything about it, even though they lost,” Diamond said. “Everything was phenomenal. The coaches were fired up, the players were fired up and the fans were fired up. It was probably one of the better college football games I’ve been to. The crowd was into it every snap of the ball.”

The Illinois state playoffs begin Friday, and Diamond is going to put his recruiting on hold until his season is over, he said. He doesn’t have any games pegged for November and said his focus is solely on his high school team right now.