Green Wave set to return 23 lettermen which started games in 2014, including four of five offensive linemen
Career Note: Opens fall camp as the starting center.
2015: Played in 12 games with four starts as a redshirt-freshman at center…made his collegiate-debut vs Duke (9/3)…made his first-collegiate start at center vs Houston (10/16)…also started at Navy (10/24), at SMU (11/21) and vs Tulsa (11/27)… paved the way for 530 total yards (343 passing, 187 rushing) vs Tulsa (11/27)… was on the line during Tulane’s 200-yard rushing contest at SMU (11/21)…saw time at fullback in goal line situations.
2014: Did not play as a true freshman and redshirted the season.
High School: Four-year varsity letterman at offensive and defensive line, playing as a freshman at Miami Springs High for coach Alex Pacheco, as a sophomore at Christopher Columbus High for coach Chris Merritt and final two seasons at Central High for coach Telly Lockette...rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com while garnering two-star status by 247Sports.com...ranked as the No. 15 center nationally by Scout.com, No. 20 by ESPN and No. 28 by 247Sports.com...received a 79 rating by 247Sports.com and a 73 Scout Grade by ESPN...helped lead his prep teams to a combined 38-13 overall record, including a two-year mark of 25-3 at Central where the Rockets won back-to-back District 16-6A and state titles, and an 11-2 mark with a District 14-8A title and a trip to the state semifinals as a sophomore with the Explorers...claimed first-team All-Dade County honors as a junior and senior...named first-team all-state, participated in the Tournament of Champions Nike All-Star Game and was selected to play in the National Underclassmen Combine All-Star contest as a senior...tabbed Offensive Line MVP at the Miami Nike Camp in March 2013...as a junior, named third-team all-state...off the field, was a member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born Raul Diaz, Jr., on Jan. 15, 1996...son of Raul Diaz, Sr., and Jacqueline Alfaro...has two brothers: Brandon and Valentin; and two sisters: Monica and Kassandra...father, Raul, played football at North Carolina Central and brother, Brandon, is a redshirt-freshman on the at Southeastern (Calif.) Community College...proposed major is business...chose Tulane over Florida International, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State, South Florida and Stanford.