SHAWNEE, Okla. – When you think of a successful quarterback, you imagine one with a strong arm and quick feet to maneuver around the pocket. Shawnee’s Jack Diamond has both of those attributes and plenty more.
The 6’2″, 190-pounder is fresh off his senior season where he tossed 2,595 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and rushed for four more.
Diamond helped the Wolves reach the first round of the Class 5A playoffs with a 5-6 record. Although Shawnee lost 41-28 to Bishop Kelley, Diamond had 348 passing yards and four touchdowns in that game.
Diamond was a two-year starter for Shawnee after taking over for John Jacobs. He recorded 28 touchdown passes and seven interceptions as a junior and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.
He says he felt like he was in the shadow of Jacobs to start his junior season but things got easier with time.
“My level of nervousness really decreased as I played more games and the game really slowed down,” Diamond reminisced.
In the last regular season game of his high school career, Diamond tossed a 99-yard touchdown pass on a double post to Christian Patterson.
He says he gained a lot of confidence from that play. Overall it showed well before that as he was part of the top five large classification for quarterbacks the past two seasons.
Diamond says Shawnee is in great shape for the future. He wanted to give recognition to how many young guys that stepped up and made plays.
He says his biggest strength is his ability to be unpredictable with what he does with the ball. Diamond is aiming to improve his running skills and passing in general.
Here’s how he broke down his own game and improvements since taking over as the starter two years ago.
“I can really push the ball downfield and make a lot of the throws that are needed to be made. If needed I can run the ball which was shown this year,” Diamond said. “I ran the ball much better than my junior year.”
Diamond’s football life started in 3rd grade in flag football. He’s been a quarterback ever since.
DeBartolo Sports lead quarterback instructor Joe Dickinson is someone Diamond has learned a ton from over the years.
“I really like Joe a lot. I’ve known Joe since 5th grade,” he said. “I’ve trained with him in different areas of Oklahoma and Florida ever since going to different camps and training sessions.”
Diamond says Dickinson has helped him with the mental aspect of the game tremendously. The two talk about twice a week.
“He’s helped me learn how breakdown a defense and how to watch film and learn to see that on the field,” he said.
Currently, Diamond is exploring his options at the college level.
He originally committed to walk-on at Ole Miss, but right now he’s re-opening his recruitment.
“I limited my options by early walk on commit,” Diamond said. “I love Ole Miss and the opportunity they offered but I want to see what’s out there.”
He says he’s been in contact with quite a few schools as of late and knows something will pop up.
Diamond admitted that he committed early just to get recruiting done with. He says he’s a fan of hard work more than the promo side of recruiting but knows it will all work out.
On December 22nd, Diamond will get a chance to showcase his talents at AT&T Stadium in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
“I’m very excited about it,” he said. “I played in that stadium in 7th grade in a 7-on-7 tournament so I’m pretty excited to go back to be able to play in a real game in full pads.”
As for his biggest goal, Diamond said that is playing at the next level. He plans to study business in college with the hopes of becoming a lawyer after that.
Diamond took full advantage of his reps at Shawnee becoming a reliable passer under center. He has a nice quiet confidence that translates well in his game whether he’s looking for a deep ball or pass over the middle.
This is a kid who needs more love, he keeps getting the job done. Wherever he lands, he’ll do just that once again. With his name out there for college recruiting once again, expect programs to come after him strongly.
Favorite players to watch – Patriots QB Tom Brady and Titans QB Marcus Mariota
Playlist before games – Metallica
Favorite movies – Remember the Titans, Star Wars series
Favorite TV shows – A Football Life
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I love to go duck hunting. I just like being able to be with my dad and see my dog retreat the ducks.”
Nickname (s) from teammates or friends – “Archie”
Game film: Diamond’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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