Football: Jordan Diamond picks Auburn, Robert Gregory accepts Purdue offer
Updated: February 3, 2012 11:57PM
Most of the other top prospects had already faxed in their letters of intent on Wednesday by the time Simeon’s Jordan Diamond had even made up his mind where to go.
Though it was a late decision to pick Auburn, Diamond is at peace with it.
“I had mixed emotions about every school, I liked a few things about every school,” Diamond said Friday night. “But when it came down to it, the people down there at Auburn really separated. Definitely [offensive line] coach [Jeff] Grimes put it over the top, the way he conducted things, the poise he had with his athletes, the family guy, he is really convinced me to go down there and play for him.”
Diamond, a four-star offensive tackle ranked 28th nationally at his position by Rivals.com, was one of four Wolverines who revealed their college plans at the school. Three-star quarterback Robert Gregory picked Purdue, while lineman Terrick Whitten and defensive back Kurt Young are heading to McKendree.
Diamond was one of the best players nationally who wasn’t locked up on national signing day Wednesday, and the 6-6, 289-pounder needed the extra time to decide between Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. “It was real difficult for Jordan,” Simeon coach Dante Culbreath said. “I think about three days ago, he might have been going to Wisconsin.”
“At the beginning, I was just wanted to have some fun with it, explore different places,” Diamond said of the recruiting process. “The last couple months, I really just thought about all the the things the coaches were telling me. Auburn was there the whole time.”
Gregory’s decision came down to Purdue’s willingness to let him play quarterback. He originally committed to Arkansas but reconsidered when the Razorbacks made it clear they were recruiting him as an athlete. “I just wasn’t willing to change right now,” he said.
The ups and downs of recruiting added to an adversity-filled season in which Gregory suffered a fractured tibia and a fractured clavicle. But the 6-3, 181-pounder says he’s healthy now.
Another Wolverine, three-star linebacker Shaquille Joyner, recently gained a qualifying ACT score and is expected to make a college choice soon, according to Culbreath. Joyner has offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Illinois State, according to Rivals.