Nelson receiver hoping to make impact on high school and college level

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Missing the Texas high school playoffs typically makes your season seem like a failure.

However, going 7-3 and missing the playoffs in District 5-4A, which features last year’s 4A state champion Denton Guyer, is nothing to scoff at.

Such is the opinion of rising senior wide receiver Jordan Diamond.

“I feel like it went great,” he said of the 2012 season.

However, that’s not where Diamond or the Byron Nelson football program hopes to settle again in the wide receiver’s senior season. He has much loftier goals for the team and for himself.

“Senior year, I’m hoping we do great and make a run for the playoffs,” he said of his team.

On a personal level, Diamond is spending the summer as most all college football prospects do, hitting the camp circuit to showcase his abilities to college coaches.

After visiting a Texas State camp earlier in June, he made a point to participate in TCU’s Fort Worth camp on June 14.

“[My summer is] going great,” Diamond said. “I’m just trying to go to different camps and see what’s going on. Just trying to get my name out there and see what I can do.”

To earn a scholarship to play for the Horned Frogs would be a dream come true for Diamond, he said.

To play for the purple and white in Amon G. Carter Stadium would be to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Ralph Diamond followed his dream and walked onto the TCU football team in the late ’90s after playing six-man football in high school in Fort Worth. Also a wide receiver, Diamond earned not only a spot on the Horned Frogs’ roster, but eventually earned a letter at TCU in 1997.

The younger Diamond moves into the role of one of Nelson’s top receivers in a spread offense, coming off of a 247 yard, two-touchdown season as a junior.

His downfield play will also take some pressure off of Nelson’s standout running backs Tylor Blake, who rushed for 1,520 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and junior Courtney Miles, who rand for 457 yards and five touchdowns in his sophomore year and was the district’s Offensive Sophomore of the Year.

For Diamond, his objective for the season echoes that of his summer, to display his talent in a way that makes not only his team successful in their District 5-4A run to the playoffs, but in the search for a college scholarship.

“I hoping to show my speed, my hands and what I can do on my the field,” Diamond said.

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