Though 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell goes to high school halfway across the country in St. Paul, Minn., he is still more than familiar with California, thanks to one of his teammates: quarterback Ricardo Johnson III, who's already been out to Berkeley several times, the most recent being last June for the Bears' one-day camp under the former regime.
"I know a lot about Cal," Cornell said. "I hear it from Ricardo Johnson, and the academics are really high. They're No. 10 nationally for academics, so it's really good. I heard a lot from Ricardo, who took visits out there and said that the facilities were really good, the academics are really high out there, and it's been nice of him to talk to me about that."
Cornell is one of the Midwest's top sophomores, standing at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and recording 14 sacks and 26 tackles for loss last season. It's for good reason, then, that he reeled in his sixth of seven scholarship offers from Cal earlier this week, following offers from the likes of USC, Notre Dame, Iowa, Rutgers and Minnesota.
Head coach Sonny Dykes personally called to deliver the news of the offer on Thursday.
"I talked to him for about 10 minutes," Cornell said. "It means a lot to me. It shows that they respect me as a player, and they said that I might be one of the top-rated players in 2015, nationally, and that I might be No. 1 in my state, so it shows a lot of respect from them, coming all the way from California and recruiting me."
Despite also having an offer from the Trojans, when Cornell sets about planning a West Coast swing at some point in the near future, he'll be focusing on the Bears.
"I think I might take a trip this summer out to California for an unofficial out there, just to check out a practice and check out the facilities for myself," said Cornell. "I've heard the new weight room is pretty sick. I've heard it's all high-tech stuff that they've got, so I definitely want to check it out this year."
Cornell plays in a 4-3 system already in high school, so the transition to Andy Buh's system in Berkeley wouldn't be too jarring.
"I usually play the D-end, but I can move around to linebacker sometimes, but the 4-3 defense sounds really good to me," Cornell said. "Right now I have all the schools that have offered me as even, so I've still got to check out everything."
Cornell Talks Cal Offer
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