Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Diamond, Schutt make ESPNU's 150
By Scott Powers
Simeon offensive tackle Jordan Diamond and Glenbard West defensive tackle Tommy Schutt were named to the Class of 2012 ESPNU 150 on Wednesday.
Diamond, who is 6-6, 291 pounds, is ranked No. 103 in the country. He is considering Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others.
"Diamond is a big and versatile offensive line prospect," ESPN recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert said. "He possesses good size, and in addition to playing tackle he could certainly slide inside and be a productive guard as well.
"He is a physical run blocker, but maybe the thing that jumped out to us most about Diamond was his ability to play on his feet in space. He moves well for a big man, exhibiting good balance and agility and does a good job when asked to pull or get down-field and block on the move at the second-level."
Schutt, who is 6-3, 305 pounds, is ranked No. 135 in the Class of 2012. He is considering Florida, Oregon, Penn State and Wisconsin, among others.
"Schutt is a good-sized kid who is physical, gives good effort, and is simply a pretty good football player," Haubert said. "He is not a quick penetrating disruptive force, but he seems to play with a passion for the game and plays it well and can be a stout, tough, and a productive football player in the trenches."
Although they didn't make the ESPNU 150 list, other Illinois players who were highly graded were Barrington offensive tackle Dan Voltz, Providence offensive tackle Ryan Ward, Lake Forest Academy defensive end Faith Ekakitie, Curie athlete Maurice Fleming, Montini offensive guard Jaleel Johnson, Bolingbrook outside linebacker Antonio Morrison, Edwardsville defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, Montini wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, Rochester quarterback Wes Lunt and Simeon quarterback Robert Gregory.