- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Early on in his recruitment it seemed as though offensive lineman Jordan Diamond (Chicago/Simeon) had Michigan in the lead. Once he started taking visits, and investigating other programs, that lead seemed to disappear.
Diamond hadn't been focusing too much on his recruitment of late, but made it out to Ann Arbor to watch the Wolverines take on Ohio State.
His former teammate, Chris Bryant, is now on the roster for Michigan, so it was an added bonus to be able to check out Michigan and meet up with his good friend.
"After the game we got a chance to meet up with Chris and his parents," he said. "I was asking him about things off the field, what kind of things they do off the field to gain a stronger bond. You look at the way they're playing and you can already tell what they're doing on the field."
Since he's from the Midwest, the four-star lineman thought he had a pretty good idea of what this rivalry means to both teams. He found out once he experienced it first hand that what he imagined it would be wasn't even close.
"It was better than I expected. It was electric, and I could picture myself playing in that," he said. "The battle was heated down there, and I saw everything I needed to see."
Diamond said that he was excited to see such a crazy atmosphere, since the last Michigan game he was at was a little dry. He hasn't yet taken his official visit to Michigan, but this visit did help move Michigan back up towards the top of his list.
"It definitely helped Michigan. With the game and the info that Chris gave me, it helped a lot," he said. "I didn't know the rivalry was that deep, and they came out with some fire, so it was fun."
From here he plans on taking his official visits, and eventually narrowing down his list.
"I really don't have any rankings, or top lists. The plan is to take all five official visits, but the problem is I don't know which five I'll take yet," he said. "I want to pick some schools I haven't really seen and some schools that I have. More than likely Michigan will get a visit because every time I go up there I have fun."
He might not know what schools he will visit, he will need to figure it out soon. His final decision will come on signing day at an extravagant event in Chicago, so the time is ticking.