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ESPNU 150 OT Diamond talks OSU visit

12/11/2011

Simeon (Chicago) offensive tackle Jordan Diamond’s main goal on his official visit to Ohio State this weekend was to sit down and talk with new coach Urban Meyer. And the ESPNU 150 player said the meeting went great.

“It went well,” Diamond said. “He brings a lot of energy. He’s a great a coach, a great coach. A great person, too. He’s a high-motor guy, and that’s what I look for in a coach.”

The second item on Diamond’s list was to interact with the Buckeyes to see how he might fit in. Offensive lineman Antonio Underwood was Diamond’s host.

“We got along well,” Diamond said. “We hung out with Braxton [Miller] and everyone else. We had fun, played basketball, played some video games. We had a good time.”

Diamond, ranked 103rd in the country and tops in Illinois, said that, in their conversation Sunday, Meyer told him that he'd have an opportunity to earn early playing time, as the Buckeyes do not have an OT commitment.

“He said I can play a straight-up tackle and that I can really move around,” said Diamond, ranked 14th among tackles. “He said I’m one of the best tackles out there. I agree, but I want to say humble.

“He said he doesn’t have any tackles coming in and he wants me to come in and get the opportunity to play right away.”

Mike Vrabel, Diamond’s lead recruiter, will follow up Monday with a visit back in Chicago.

Next week, Diamond will officially visit Auburn, and he recently set up an official visit to Arkansas for Jan. 20. Diamond’s teammate Robert Gregory is committed to the Razorbacks.

Diamond has already unofficially visited both Arkansas and Auburn.