The Ultimate Compliment
OL/DL Ramon Diaz
OL/DL Ramon Diaz
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 31, 2004
Chris Pool, TheInsiders.com


My father has been officiating high school football games in Illinois for the past 20 years. He's been on the field with some of the most talented high school football players that Illinois has ever produced and he says that Morris lineman Ramon Diaz is right near the top of the list.

"Man that (Diaz) kid can really run," said Jerry Pool, the father of Midwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Pool.

"You know that I've had the same officiating crew for 20-years and all we did after the game was talk about that Diaz kid. He was fast and tough.

"I think we all agreed that he (Diaz) is one of the best we've ever been on the field with."

Ramon Diaz said he credits his speed and quickness from his younger years on the soccer field.

"Oh man, I played soccer every day when I was a kid." Diaz said.

"That's how I got my speed and my stamina. You have to be in shape to play soccer.

"The colleges love my speed. That's the first thing everybody brings up either on the phone or in letters."

Northwestern, Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Ball State, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois have all offered Diaz a scholarship but he made it perfectly clear which school is at the top of his wish list.

"Iowa is definitely my #1 choice. I've told all the schools recruiting me that if Iowa offers me that I'm going to commit on the spot.
,br> "I've been to Iowa four times already. I love the coaches. If you're an offensive lineman, Iowa is the place to be.

"I also like Northwestern, Indiana, Toledo, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois."

Diaz stands 6-foot-5 and he weighed in at 275-pounds last Friday. Ramon says it's been hard work putting on weight and still keeping his speed.

"I weighed 185-pounds as a freshman and I played wide receiver. As a sophomore, I weighed in at 210-pounds and I played tight end.

"My junior year, I gained more weight and played at 255-pounds. I moved to the offensive and defensive line my junior year and loved it.

"I knew that if I wanted to play D-1 football that I'd have to put on more weight and still keep my speed. I weighed 280-pounds at one point in the summer and 275-pounds before my game last Friday." Diaz says that he's getting a late start in recruiting but credits his coach for getting his name out there.

"None of this would be possible without (Morris) Coach Darlington. He's opened up a lot of doors for me and I'll always be grateful for that.

"In May, everyone knew about (Dan) Doering and (Dace) Richardson but nobody knew about me.

"It seems lately that I've been getting a lot of attention and I'm fine with that. I feel I'm one of the best linemen in Illinois."

I'll be able to see Diaz in person on October 8th as he and his Morris teammates take on 2003 state champion Oswego.

Ramon Diaz will go head-to-head with highly touted defensive tackle Alex Magee.

As for my father, he'll be in Barrington, Illinois in two weeks watching Dan Doering go at it with Prospect High School's Eric Hedstrom. I'm sure I'll get a full scouting report.


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