Ohio State had already reached as far as New Jersey, Florida and South Dakota for commitments in the class of 2015, and Wednesday it added Minnesota to the list. St Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell chose Ohio State over Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State on Wednesday.
Two days before he made his decision, this is what he had to say about where Ohio State stood with him: "Ohio State with Coach Larry Johnson and Coach Urban Meyer, who I have a great relationship with, they're both great coaches and they have a long resume of players they send to the NFL."
The Buckeyes put themselves in solid position when Cornell visited for the Columbus edition of the Nike Football Training Camp on June 1, and they never relinquished that momentum. Cornell had a handful of other visits scheduled later in June but never took any of them.
Speaking to BuckeyeSports.com at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit on June 12, Cornell mentioned that the coaching staff and the attention shown to him in Columbus helped set Ohio State apart from the other schools.
"I loved it. It was one of my favorite visits this year," he said. "Urban Meyer, Larry Johnson, I've got a really good connection with both of them. It just felt like family. I like the facilities here and the academics are a high point. When I came to visit, it was like they forgot about everyone else and I was their one main focus."
He was initially scheduled to decide Aug. 28 but moved up his timetable, sparking speculation that the Buckeyes were likely the destination for him.
Neither the distance nor the weather, two factors commonly used to negatively recruit against Ohio State with out-of-state prospects, ended up mattering in Cornell's recruitment. The 6-3, 270-pound end said at the NFTC camp that he loved the weather in Columbus compared to Minnesota and also mentioned that his mother works for Delta, so flights for his family are never an issue.