Saturday, February 4, 2012

Diamond Is.... A War Eagle??

Aaaand Jordan Diamond picks Auburn. That makes him a war eagle or a Cam Newton or what?  As we talked about in the previous weeks, this was one of Michigan's most important prospects for making this into one of the "elite" classes Michigan had ever signed.  Now, this doesn't ruin what is already a great signing class, but it does take a little wind out of the sails.

Diamond was a 4* recruit by Rivals and a 5* from Scout and would have been a significant help in solidifying what is already an outstanding group of offensive line recruits for Michigan.  The team already has some great ones, but because of the team's current lack of depth, getting some great talent on both lines is key for long term success.  In most cases one offensive lineman wouldn't have been that big of an issue, but because Michigan already struck out on Joshua Garnett it made this one extremely important.

However, if you've been following the recruitment of Alex Kozan, you know Michigan still has a chance to sign one more great offensive lineman for this class.  Kozan is also rated as a 4* recruit by Rivals and there is a chance Michigan can still land him.  What is even better is that there's been talk that he can play multiple positions on the line, which would be great for the future since Michigan has some great incoming players at guard and tackle.  This would allow him to move to center and make some big-time contributions playing alongside other great players.

Regardless of whether Kozan picks the Wolverines in the next few days, this is a great recruiting class for Michigan and should have some players that make great contributions for the next few seasons.  Getting Jordan Diamond would have been great, but he can do great things at Auburn as well and of course, Michigan really doesn't have to worry about playing against him at least.

Diamond's decision also leaves us with what is probably the last decision that impacts Michigan's 2012 signing class.  Kozan is expected to decide in the next few days.  There's a good chance he goes blue, but is also interested in Iowa and Auburn as well.  I don't see Auburn as that likely a place because of guys like Diamond who have already committed there, but we'll see.

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