"I'm waiting until Saturday to make my commitment," Cornelius told CanesTime.com on Friday night.
Cornelius was excited when he first landed the Miami offer, which was his fourth back on Feb 27 (Georgia Tech was his second offer and it took place just days before Miami came through).
"Coach McGriff came up here last spring to the school so I know he's know about me for awhile now," he said. "We started talking a lot lately. My running backs coach, Coach Brown, is tight with Coach McGriff and the Miami coaches so I know he was keeping them updated on what's going on. It kinda snuck up on me though because I knew they were interested but I didn't know they wanted to offer me this early. I was real happy about it."
Not long after landing an offer from the Canes, Cornelius took an unofficial visit to the school. He later returned to Miami for the Hurricanes Summer Camp. Two unofficial visits with his family should indicate a lot of interest in that particular school. That's why it's not a stretch to believe that he'll commit to the Canes on Saturday.
As we await word on his final decision, Cornelius has explained what he was looking for in choosing a school.
"Number one will be academics," he said. "I wanna major in Engineering so I'll be looking for a good program there. Two is how quickly can I get on the field? Three will be how comfortable I am around the players and coaches at the school, and four will be the winning tradition at the school. I wanna go someplace where we'll be winning."
Cornelius, who claims a 3.0 GPA in the classroom, finished his junior season with 118 tackles, four sacks, two picks, and three caused fumbles.
Stay tuned to CanesTime.com for more on the Cornelius situation throughout the day.
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