St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell chose Ohio State over Iowa,…
Commitment Capsule: Jashon Cornell
Jashon Cornell profile Committed to: Pos Rank: #11 DE State Rank: #1 6-3.5 | 270 Defensive End St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall His Recruiting Story: The whispers about Cornell being CDH's next big thing began when he was a freshman, but it wasn't until his sophomore season, one in which he recorded 12 sacks, that his recruitment began to take off. That Winter, Iowa and Minnesota would become two of the first schools to offer. Notre Dame and USC would soon follow and before long, most of the country's major programs would also offer. Cornell would be extremely diligent about taking visits including west coast trips to USC and Cal along with Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern and others. During his junior season, he again produced like a top recruit should, recording 70 tackles and 15 sacks. He would continue taking visits after the season and declared Michigan State his leader following the Spartan spring game. However, after an Ohio State visit in June, the Buckeyes jumped up his list and he committed to them in early July. Quotable: "They're real with me. They're straight up – if I come here, this is what they're going to do with me and how they're going to make me into a football player and then outside of football, they'll make me go into a corporate business. They said you're guaranteed three job offers after you leave Ohio State." Where We've Seen Him: Adidas Invitational (2013), Sound Mind, Sound Body (2013/2014), Game Film vs. Stillwater (2013), Team Practice (2013), Chicago NFTC (2013/2014), Columbus NFTC (2014) Scouting Report: Cornell's projection has changed a little as his body has changed over the years. Initially, he was a 225-230-pound hybrid linebacker type of edge rusher. Now up around 270 pounds, he offers possibilities as a strongside end who can slide inside in certain situations. He gets off the ball well and has good finesse as a pass rusher. He has a good inside swim-move and is able to get low and dip his shoulders to get around offensive tackles on the outside. He has good, quick feet and does a nice job with his hands as well. The biggest thing for him is to make sure he stays at a weight where he can continue to play on the edge and continue to improve his overall speed and explosion. He is solid in those departments but can take his game to another level by adding to what is already there. It remains to be seen how he will be against the run at his new size, since he played his junior season at roughly 245. Overall: Cornell has good pass rush technique and been very productive throughout his high school career. His weight will dictate where he plays in college, but we think he can be successful in a variety of spots, but currently may be best as a five-tech.
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