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Diamond sees first Notre Dame game

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Chicago Simeon four-star offensive lineman Jordan Diamond has made regular campus visits during his recruitment and been a recruiting visitor at several college football games already this fall, but Saturday was his first game visit to Notre Dame Stadium.
The 6-6, 289-pound Diamond was in attendance for the Fighting Irish's home contest against USC on Saturday night.
"Everything went well… I enjoyed every bit of it," Diamond said. "Other than the loss, everything was phenomenal."
Before and after the game, Diamond was able to speak with Notre Dame assistant coaches Chuck Martin and Ed Warinner and grow that relationship.
"The relationship is cool," Diamond said. "They were stressing just to have fun and enjoy the atmosphere at the game."
Diamond was one of 18 Rivals250 prospects from the class of 2012 in attendance for Saturday night's game, and he was able to meet several fellow highly decorated prospects who were in attendance.
"I got a chance to meet Zach Banner and Arik Armstead for the first time," Diamond said. "[They are] good people."
Although they are one of the schools located closest to his Chicago home, Notre Dame has been mentioned only sporadically in the past by Diamond, but that could change after Saturday's visit.
"It helped a lot," Diamond said. "I experienced everything I needed to see before the game and I have a decent fan base there also."
Diamond has previously made unofficial visits this fall to Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, but at this stage he has not pared his lengthy list of suitors and does not plan to make any more big recruiting moves until after seeing his Simeon team through the postseason.
"I have no favorites. I'm staying wide open until my season and the college football season is over," Diamond said. "Also, I'm not going to travel until our football season is over."
Over the last couple months, Diamond has been adamant about waiting until National Signing Day before making the final decision on his college future.
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