Chuck Priore announced on Friday. Diaz, a transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, will compete for a starting spot at right guard."We're excited to get a premier player like Fernando," Priore said. "It's always a goal of ours to recruit quality local talent to give Stony Brook as much of a local flair as possible."
A 2009 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, Diaz was considered one of the top prospects in New York. He was a three-year starter for coach C.J. O'Neil, earning All-Catholic League and All-New York City honors.
In 2008, he won the heavyweight title at the AthElite National High School Strongman Championship after he pushed an SUV 50 yards in 18 seconds.
Diaz was rated the eighth-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com and tenth-best by SuperPrep, choosing Pitt over Connecticut and Army.