Report: L.A. quarterback commits to Indiana

Alexander Diamont’s upbringing couldn’t have possibly been much more Hollywood. His father Don spent 22 years as an actor on the soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” and now appears on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” His father’s fame and his own movie-star look have helped him get a start in modeling. He’s even appeared in a soft-drink commercial.

But when the 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback from Los Angeles’s Venice High School was looking for a college, he wasn’t thinking Hollywood at all. He instead wanted the classic college town, and he found that at Indiana. After attending one of coach Kevin Wilson’s football camps in Bloomington on Tuesday, Diamont was extended an offer and immediately committed to become the third member of Indiana’s Class of 2014. He didn’t have another scholarship offer, but he picked the Hoosiers over interest from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV and Washington State among other western schools.

“I like that Big Ten, Midwest vibe,” Diamont said. “The big school college town is exactly what I want. We don’t really have that in L.A. It’s not the same feel.”

Diamont actually knew months ago that IU was where he wanted to be, he said. He first visited in January, and even the experience of winter in Bloomington served as a selling point, because as he said, “we don’t have seasons out here.” Diamont was ready to commit then, but IU coach Kevin Wilson held back his offer until he finally got to see him throw at camp this week. He saw enough to feel confident bringing him into the fold.

“There is something that I felt the moment I stepped on campus that I still haven’t gotten over,” Diamont said. “I can’t stress that enough. It didn’t feel like a culture shock. I love L.A. and I’m going to live in L.A. eventually, but I want to do something different as a school experience… From the moment I went there, I fell in love with the place.”

It helps, of course, that the style of football and the coaching staff fit him as well. He said he got along excellently with Wilson as well as offensive coordinator Seth Littrell and quarterbacks coach Kevin Johns.

“Coach Wilson has that very intense head coach mentality,” Diamont said. “He’s a no-excuses kind of guy, and that’s the kind of guy I want to play for, someone who’s going to motivate me to get better every day.”
Wilson’s offense, an uptempo spread system, fits him as well. Indiana led the Big Ten in plays run per game last season (78.3) as well as passing offense (311.2 yards per game). The Hoosiers were also second in the conference in total offense (442.0 yards per game).
“They spread the field and they get the ball out fast,” Diamont said. “That’s the biggest thing. That’s exactly what my offense does right now, I like to hurt the defense, get the ball out fast and hit them where it hurts.
Diamont has been mostly effective in doing that in his time in Venice. Last season as a junior he threw for 2,977 yards and 31 touchdowns, earning Western League Offensive Player of the Year honors. He led Venice to the semifinals of the Los Angeles city section championship.
“Gets the ball out very quickly,” Venice coach Angelo Gasca said. “And his arm is getting a lot stronger. He’s probably added 10-20 yards of distance on his throws, so he’s gone from having a good arm to above average arm. As he grows and matures, his arm will be more of a plus, and he’s also very athletic. He has great escapability and good pocket awareness. He’s a good playmaker when he gets outside with the ball. He makes plays. But primarily he’s a very, very good passer. … I think he’s going to be one of the best quarterbacks in California as a senior, and that should make him one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”

The Hoosiers did not take a quarterback in this year’s class, so there should be some class separation between Tre Roberson, Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld — the three IU quarterbacks vying for the starting job this season, and Diamont. When he arrives, and especially if and when he gets the reins to the IU offense, that modeling career won’t be a distraction. That’s staying in L.A.

“It was never even a major part of my life,” Diamont said. “Simply speaking, I’m a football player first. It’s the same as with L.A., modeling isn’t going anywhere. It’s something I did for fun. I’m a football player, period.”


  1. It’s nice to see the IU staff reaching out to the west coast for players. IU was the only offer that Diamont had, although it is still early in the year. Also, even though he’s not rated on any major sites, from the film I’ve seen on youtube he looks like a great qb. I’ll trust coach Wilson and the coaching staff on this one!

  2. Excited for a California recruit! Unfortunately I think you may have mis-reported his name. has him listed as Alexander Diamont (a google image search between the two names leads me to believe it’s Alexander rather than Andrew). Just thought it would be nice to spread the word.

  3. Wow..According to the official IU football page, there is only one televised IU football game in the month of October(10/19 BTN @ Michigan). No televised games in the entire month of November.

    Dustin- Is there any chance that some of those October and November games still get picked up for television coverage? Have the dates and times for the ESPN and ESPNU contracts not been finalized and thus nothing of television coverage currently appears on the schedule? I sure hope that’s the case.

    @ Michigan..@ MSU…@ Wisconsin…@ OSU. Brutal Big Ten road schedule and only one of these four games is on TV? Difficult enough for a big underdog to come into those stadiums and pull off the huge upset. But without the knowledge that those upset efforts will find no added zest by way of coverage in front of a large TV audience….?

    I guess that’s one of the many hurdles and hidden difficulties in rebuilding a football program…Even when it seems you’re making positive steps in selling the belief into the fan base, recruits, and the men in those chrome candy-striped helmets, the major networks providing coverage in the heart of football season may still take much longer to buy into the claims until the competitiveness appears steady and sustained.

    Players and fans get extra juiced up knowing they’re playing against top opponents in the glow of some national spotlight…It’s often just the right dosage of extra energy for an underdog to get over the top against an opponent that can have a tendency to become overly cocky on the big stage of live TV coverage. And how much does lack of TV coverage influence the recruiting scene? How does a top prospect feel about very slim chances of playing in front of live national cameras during the months of October and November? We have a network dedicated to the coverage of the Big Ten and yet IU football has only one of eight conference games that is on their TV schedule.

  4. Dude, calm down. Every game will be on TV. With the BTN, that is the agreement. All the game times and stations just haven’t been announced yet.

  5. That makes sense. But why on earth do they take so long to set the October and November TV schedules? We’re just over two months ’til the season kicks off.

    And on the flip side of all those apparent positives for the massive underdog playing in the limelight of more TV coverage…Bloodbaths in front of huge national TV audiences can be very disheartening. The visual impact of shellackings can leave lasting impressions on the eyes of prospects. How on earth did we get all those top BIG opponents on the road?

  6. I too am glad to see IU recruiting California for football talent, especially QB talent. Relative to the population, there are few big time BCS Conference schools along the west coast. So many very talented and high potential young men get overlooked by the traditional football powers out there. And if the young man wants to get a quality education while playing football and he’s not being recruited by Stanford, USC, UCLA, Cal-Berkely, or other PAC-12 schools, Big Ten schools can be a better option than many of the lesser-known schools that have a football program (i.e., UC Davis, SDSU, Nevada, UNLV, etc).

    Given the level of competition amongst High School Quarterbacks in California, my guess is that Wilson has found himself a Diamont in the rough (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).

  7. Impressive recruit, particularly if one looks at it in the context of the programs who were recruiting him or seriously considering recruiting him. Go no further than Washington State, where my Leach- a favorite reading matter for Coach Wilson-, was recruiting Diamont for the center of gravity of his offense, QB.

    Leach, formerly the genius who created Texas Tech’s incredible Air Raid offense which had made TTU a dominant national program. Leach, the now WSU coach, was the transforming force in college football until ESPN announcer Craig James got ‘DNA procreative storage silos’ in an uproar because his son- a serious believer of the tradition of lolliggaging/entitlement demand practitioner- was not playing and, rather than work for his spot- relied on ‘daddy clout’ and accused Leach of endangering his health and emotional growth by having too wait out a practice in an equipment shed (God, don’t we wish he had been a basketball player and tried that on WMK?).

    Leach, now in his second year at Washington State, is one of the most successful football coaches of the last decade; is reportedly a much admired thinker on the subject of football strategy, applied analytical logic to football (college), the development of the passing game, the subject of ‘balance’ in modern football, and a ton of other football related subjects.

    He is also a source often mentioned by Coach Wilson as a model of football innovation, and a prolific writer on the subject who bases his thoughts in addressing exactly the heart of the dilemma faced at IU; how to create and sustain a great football program in a territory previously dominated by other forces based on other styles.. So, it is therefore, no minor thing for the Hoosiers to get a commitment from LA of a QB sought after by Coach Mike Leach. It is also worth noting that among football people, CKW’s name comes up as quickly or nearly as often as Mike Leach’s, most often with the statement that CKW flies at a similar altitude.

    No coincidences in life; we sadly gave away the genius of Bob Knight to Texas Tech. Ironically, Texas Tech indirectly leads us to the ‘school of college football’ (in sort of a Bob Knight-Mike Kruczewski linkage karma) in Kevin Wilson.

    A note:(Just in case you don’t comprehend the issue; it is not necessary for anyone to jump in at this point and send in a string of comments that Bob Knight once- indiscreetly- farted (no Jeremy, this is not a curse word), while walking on Kirkwood. Or, pulled on a student’s sleeve on an Assembly Hall ramp and used it to wipe his nose after some rather spectacular production of nasal lava; or, actually yelled at referees at a basketball game; or, a decade later, is indirectly responsible for Indiana University having hired a coach who believes in God (May the Lord Save Us!!!)).

    This, to the great school of PC- political correctenss- advocates of social justice and Constitutional interpretation, is about recruiting a tailor-made, capable QB (quarterback- not the Roman Empire) sign well suited and prepared to play the style of football Indiana will play and CKW, and the influences that, hopefully, will bring great success and national recognition to our football program (which- by the way, sometimes seems to give some of us fans the feeling that it is unable to draw the interest or respect of some [not all] sports writers and/or columnists).

    That said and clarified; (Can we pleee-ee-a-se, pretty plee-a-se get some of the promised attention to what the h____ CKW said in his talk 7-10 days ago [without the need for filler music] and other football news).

  8. He’s hot. He plays a man’s game in the pocket. Mucho chicks will now come to Memorial. Yes, I do believe he’ll either be in a Jim Gaffigan stand-up routine or he’ll be the next national spokesperson for ‘Hot Pockets.’

    Wow..Never realized Jim Gaffigan was born in Chesterton.

  9. Thanks Millport. Still would like to see Scoop(DD) address football and CKW’s thoughts with some semblance of equity …and an acknowledgment that we Hoosiers like our football (and other) teams as well and, more important, as intensely. Nevertheless, I do appreciate your directing me to the site.

  10. Here’s my abridged version of the transcript:

    Football is good..Lots of walk-ons…

    New “stars” will still have to earn their PT.

    Guys getting bigger through heavy use of Podunker’s new power shakes..

    Fans need to do less tailgating and more cheering on 3rd downs.

    Come to Thursday game prior to Labor Day weekend and watch the pretty chrome helmets.

    Bowl games are good..but not just any bowl game. My belly is getting bigger.

    I like to consume mass quantities of beer.

    Win today. Belch later.

  11. This kid is Jewish (as am I by the way).

    Now, that fact should be irrelevant here for almost any reason because religion is one’s own business. It certainly has nothing to do with sports per se as Jewish pitching great Sandy Koufax and Jewish swimming great Mark Spitz (of Indiana University!) among many others of various religious backgrounds have proved.

    But it is interesting in that it highlights an issue that has been discussed on this website and from which I’ve refrained.

    Much of the country faces this now, but in Indiana, it has perhaps been a bit slower to become an issue. But, as our country changes, it will become more common to have people from non-Christian backgrounds on teams at IU and elsewhere. It won’t be uncommon to have Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Sikh or other religions represented on teams. There may also be atheists and agnostics and who knows what else.

    In light of that, coaches, it seems to me, can be religious themselves – nothing wrong with that and I’d argue that is good – and they can be supportive of players who practice their own religions, but they need to be very careful about things like prayers as a team, and more specifically, prayers in the name of any particular group, including Jesus, the prophet Muhammed or anyone else.

    And I think that is good because I suspect that most would agree that whichever deity you worship probably doesn’t care if Indiana beats Purdue – well, that may be a bad example – the deity would have to be on the good side in that one (and in case it isn’t clear, I’m only kidding on this last point!)

    Food for thought.

  12. West Coast Hoosier- You have no idea how much I regret that you’ve raised the issue by writing suggesting that the issue is irrelevant and has no bearing here. Really! (Hope you have the sense to end it with that last statement).

  13. WCH, good points. There are all kinds of people, and football players, in the world. We shouldn’t have a litmus test for players based on religion.

  14. Nice pick up. Refreshing to see this football team expand its recruiting horizons. I can’t believe a Big 10 team such as Indiana put up with Lynch as long as they did. The guy didn’t belong with the big boys. Division 3 suits him well.

    We will never be an Ohio State, or Alabama. I get it. Their is no reason though we can’t win at least 6 games.

  15. If you’re an old enough IU fan, you may recall the days when IU beat Wisconsin on a regular basis. I’m sure there were Badger fans that used to say, ‘we’ll never be an Ohio State…..” It won’t be easy, it won’t be quick, but it can be. Until then, I’d be happy being a Northwester or Michigan State.

  16. Podunker, we will be (an OSU, Michigan, Penn State, etc. That’s why I am glad, overjoyed, we went into the Eastern division of the B1G. I just assume we be challenged and rise to that level, leaving no doubt nor confusion as to our emergence as a national football power.

    We have the staff,the facilities, the academic reputation, the campus and we’re strategically located…all factors that attracts student athletes that want the very best. Bring it on!

  17. We also don’t need to have a ‘political correctness’ litmus test for being a great Hoosier and fan. My old man always warned us what life sadly taught him- why it is necessary to beware of those who moved their lips too much and too easily about their ‘tolerance’ and ‘liberal’ convictions. They somehow seem to get weird and just as quickly point out which one is ‘your house’ as soon as the gestapo types or the guys wearing the pillow cases show up with their torches.

    I’m repeating myself from a previous post, but the challenge is to understand and struggle against the little nazi that lives inside each of us…no matter who one is or how enlightened we pretend to be. Best to follow the swoosh- ‘Just Do It!’

  18. PO, I’m old enough to remember when UW on the schedule meant “we can win that one.” Just shows how programs can and do change.

    Also, let’s leave religion out of this.

  19. My youngest daughter looked at the modeling photos of Alexander Diamont that were posted on line and immediately predicted that the number of females watching IU football games will increase once he arrives in Bloomington.

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