GJ’s Diamanti commits to Wyoming to play FB

Another Grand Junction High School football player has committed to play in Division I.

James Diamanti, a senior defensive tackle and offensive guard with the Tigers verbally committed Wednesday to play football at the University of Wyoming.

He said he’s receiving a full-ride scholarship.

Diamanti joins another Tigers’ Division I signee, senior defensive end/tight end Austin Berk, who said he’s headed to Colorado State University.

“I feel relieved; I’m excited,” Diamanti said. “I wanted to get that whole thing out of the way before the season.”

Diamanti, who said he’s maxed out at 385 pounds on bench press, squatted 520 pounds and has a top 40-yard dash time of 5.15, had only a few other college considerations. He said the University of Colorado and the University of Miami (Fla.) wanted him to be a preferred walk-on, and New Mexico State University offered a scholarship.

But he said he didn’t want to walk on, and as far as Miami goes, “My family doesn’t have $90,000 a year.”

So, he’s headed to Laramie, Wyo., where Diamanti said he expects to play defensive tackle. And he sees Laramie as being similar to Grand Junction.

“It’s a small town, college town, but with a lot of outdoor things to do,” Diamanti said. “And then I like how they’re an up and coming football team, went 8-3 and played in a bowl game.”


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