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Diamond fielding calls

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College coaches could start phoning prospects again on Sept. 1 after a three-month hiatus. Chicago Simeon four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond has had his number dialed up by several coaching staffs in the six days since.
"I've gotten a lot of phone calls from coaches in the last couple days, being the first time they could call," Diamond said. "Those were introductory conversations, just saying 'hi.' They were saying the same stuff I've been hearing on the visits."
Some of the coaching staffs that called Diamond in recent days were Miami, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Illinois, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Outside of the phone calls from coaches, Diamond has not been very hands-on with the recruiting process since the start of his senior football season.
"I've been watching a lot of college football and focusing on my high school season," Diamond said. "Things are going to heat up after the season though. I will probably take one [official visit] during the season, but most of them will be after the season.
"The thing I am doing now is making sure I will get to a couple games [for unofficial visits]. There will be some coming up soon. Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin - anywhere I can get to."
At different times during his recruitment Diamond has listed favorite schools, but he is refraining from listing a top group until recruiting becomes a priority for him again. He has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, and could end up announcing his college selection then.
"It probably will be at the game, but if not at the game I am going to wait until Signing Day," Diamond said. "I don't want to worry about it too much during the season. I am really trying to make a decision based on me and my family."
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