"I got to see the coaches again and the players… and the fans out there," said Diamond regarding his Michigan spring game visit. "The fans out there were screaming my name and Chris Bryant's name. It made me feel comfortable."
It actually made him feel more comfortable. The four-star lineman was already extremely familiar with Michigan's campus. His comfort with the new coaching staff has risen to a similar level in recent weeks.
"They are really cool guys," said Diamond of Brady Hoke & company. "They're high intensity, on and off the field. We talk all the time. I've got a stronger bond with the Michigan staff than I do any other school, so that is really important."
That persistence on the part of the Maize & Blue has played a key role in maintaining an enviable place on Diamond's ever-growing list of suitors.
"It's still the same," he said regarding the Wolverines' standing in his recruitment. "Michigan is my favorite school, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I like to travel. As it stands right now, Michigan is the #1 school right now."
Whether it stays that way remains to be seen. The Windy City star maintains his openness to all interested parties, but mentions Ohio State, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee as a few of the contenders that have begun to stand out. Out of those the Buckeyes most were the most recent to make a strong positive impression.
"I was down there last week," he reported. "It was pretty cool got a chance to see a practice and things like that. I met the coaches and some of the players."
Future visits to the aforementioned programs as well others will likely take place during the summer. At that point his vetting process is slated to intensify.
"Every school has a beautiful facility," stated Diamond. "I just want to sit down with the coaches and explore my options as a player as far as getting to know them and getting playing time early. I just want to get on the field early."
For the time being the talented lineman plans to take a little breather from recruiting. He will then do so again when his final high school season rolls around.
"I don't want to say I'm worn out (with recruiting)," said Diamond. "I'm a little tired of it. I'm going to keep everything at a distance. I still got to a season to play also and so I got to keep focus and play football. I'll give every school the right attention and just explore my options. Then probably after the season, I'm going to (make a decision)."