July 29, 2012

Grand Junction defender has a favorite

A trip to Laramie last week may have given Grand Junction (Colo.) defensive tackle James Diamanti a new leader in the recruiting battle for his services.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Diamanti holds scholarship offers from Northern Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico State and now, the University of Wyoming. Diamanti said the Cowboys offered him a scholarship during an unofficial visit he took last week.

Diamanti said the Wyoming coaches saw him workout at the University of Colorado camp and asked he and his family to visit Laramie. Diamanti said he and his family were toured around the athletic facilities, the campus, before showing the Grand Junction defender some film, explaining his potential role in the program and finally offering a scholarship.

"They are a really big defensive line school," Diamanti said. "They are an up-and-coming football team. I know they won eight games last year and I think they are going to get better-and-better as the years go on.

"I really like the school up there," he continued. "They are my number one by far right now. I am excited. They told me that they have offered a few other kids (at defensive tackle), so the coaches are going to give me a call if one commits or something like that and tell me that i have a certain amount of time to commit. They only have two defensive line slots."

In addition to his on-campus time at Wyoming last week, Diamanti, who said he grew up a fan of Boise State, said he has camped for the Bronco coaches, as well as Utah, Colorado and will be in Fort Collins this weekend to workout for the Colorado State coaches. Diamanti said he is looking forward to this weekend's opportunity to open the eyes of the Ram coaching staff.

"I have been talking to CSU a lot and get an offer from CSU or one of the other schools that is up there is really my goal," Diamanti said. "(CSU coaches) told me they are graduating a few defensive tackles. They said they want to redshirt me my freshman year and they said the next year I have a real chance of starting."

As a junior in Grand Junction last season, Diamanti accounted for 52 tackles, three forced fumbles and five sacks as he netted All-Conference honors. He also played offensive guard and said Colorado and Miami have both approached him to walk-on as an offensive lineman, but he said he is looking for a full ride scholarship.

"As a defensive tackle, I am good at stopping the run and filling the gaps. I also play offensive line where I am a good pulling guard."

The future Sports Medicine major said he hopes to have his college choice made by the start of his conference season in about October. He said he hopes to get far enough away from home to really and truly, "leave home," but not so far away he can't see family. Aside from that, he has a couple of other deciding factors.

"To me, it will depend on how good their football program is and then academically," he said. "I will get a good degree."

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