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Monday, March 25, 2013
2015 DE Cornell stands out

By Tom VanHaaren and Jared Shanker

When 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) walked into the building at the adidas invitational, he stood out among his peers. Standing 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Cornell was also a standout on the field during the one-day camp.

The talented junior to be has already been offered by Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers, but says there are a few other schools already in contact.

"Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and I think Nebraska is starting to step in, too," he said. "I'm hoping for Michigan to offer soon. I think we're going to try visit there next time we come up for the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. We'll probably go to Notre Dame, too."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cornell, who was named MVP of the camp, stopped at Notre Dame before the camp, his second time on Notre Dame’s campus.

“It went really well,” he said of this weekend’s Notre Dame visit. “I got to catch up with some of the coaches I met last summer at the camp.”

This past weekend, Cornell talked extensively with the coaches about the football program and the academics at Notre Dame. The Irish staff believes Cornell, who does not hold an Irish offer, could be an impact player in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

“They also told me they like what I do at my positions and that the position I play is really important because of the defense that they play,” Cornell said. “So if I decide to go there they’ll like me to play an outside linebacker position which will also play defensive end.”

Cornell says he thinks Notre Dame might be close to offering after speaking with the coaching staff, but will find out the next time he makes it up to South Bend.

He is part of a talented group of underclassmen at Cretin-Derham that includes 2016 running back Brison White and 2014 quarterback Ricardo Johnson III.

It was easy to see why so many schools have already gotten involved with his recruitment after watching him at the camp. He was clearly on a different level than the opposing offensive linemen he went against, and Cornell understands what his strengths are on the field.

"Speed. Speed sets me away from everyone else," he says. "Most schools say defensive end or outside linebacker, but I think I could play both."

While he knows he is a talented football player, Cornell still can't believe everything has happened so fast for him. He's excited about the recruiting process, but wants to enjoy it and take his time to make the right choice.