Iowa, MN Offer Cornell

Cretin-Derham Hall Sophomore Jashon Cornell's recruitment took a big step forward on Thursday when Iowa and Minnesota offered scholarships. The '15 defensive end has a connection with former Hawkeye Broderick Binns.

Students have been known to give substitute teachers are hard time. They haven't tried any of any nonsense in the Cretin-Derham Hall sophomore history class this year.

"We don't get a chance to," Jashon Cornell said. "Broderick gets his way."

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Broderick Binns finished up five years in the Iowa football program after the 2011 season. He returned to his alma mater in Saint Paul, MN to educate teenagers after earning a Big Ten degree.

Cornell has known Binns for some time and considers him a close friend.

"He's a pretty good teacher," Cornell said laughing. "I was surprised. I didn't expect it from him."

Binns also is lending advice to Cornell during his recruitment. Things are starting off fast and it could get furious.

Cornell, who turned 16 in December, picked up scholarship offers from Iowa and Minnesota on Thursday.

"It was very surprising to me," the sophomore said. "I was expecting one to come but I didn't expect it this soon. Hard work pays off I guess."

The Iowa coaches told the 6-4, 230-pound Cornell that he reminds them of Binns, a second-team All-Big Ten defensive end as a senior.

"I'm really quick and wiry," Cornell said. "They think I'll keep my speed and agility when I get bigger."

Cornell attended two games at Kinnick Stadium this fall. Iowa assistant Eric Johnson has stayed in consistent contact with him.

"It's been really good," Cornell said. "I've been calling Coach Johnson a lot and we get along real well. I got an invite to their summer camp on June 5. I plan on going to that."

Cornell also is connecting with Minnesota assistant Matt Limegrover, who is leading the Golden Gophers recruitment of the local standout.

"It's been pretty good," Cornell said. "I go over there every once in a while. I've been to a couple of football games this year."

Cornell also has visited Notre Dame and plans on traveling back to South Bend by the summer time. He also wants to see Michigan and Nebraska. He's hearing from Michigan State and Illinois as well.

In what could be a busy recruitment, Iowa and Minnesota jumped out in front.

"I feel like they're two really good schools that I will look at going to," Cornell said. "They're both Big Ten. That's really good and they're both really close to home.

"They were the first two schools to offer. That will carry weight for sure."

Despite getting a lot of early attention in recruiting, Cornell is determined to keep things in perspective and proceed with what got him into this position in the first place.

"I'm going to handle it by keep on being the person that I am," Cornell said. "I'll keep playing hard and doing what I have to do to get better."

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