HARPER WOODS, Mich. -- 2015 Cretin Durham Hall (Minn.) five-star defensive end Jashon Cornell is in the midst of quite the busy summer.
Just over two months from officially verbally committing to one lucky college football program, Cornell spent Thursday competing in front of several coaches courting him, earning encouragement and tips on multiple fronts at Sound Mind Sound Body.
“Every single coach was walking by me saying good job, good job or do this better,” Cornell said. “It was like, they’re picking my brain, telling me what I need to do to help me become a better player.”
With a long road trip separating Cornell from day two at Sound Mind Sound Body out at Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy and his home, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound end has a few pit stops in mind this weekend and beyond.
“I’ll be at Michigan tomorrow (Friday), Michigan State Saturday I believe and then I’ll be at Penn State next week for their barbecue,” Cornell said. “At the end of the month I’ll be making a California trip, go up to Oregon, UCLA, Stanford.”
Scheduling unofficial visits to schools all the way out on the west coast might make people think Cornell is as wide open in his recruiting process as ever, but pressed further the Minnesota native indicated that’s not the case.
Speaking of the Wolverines, Cornell says there’s a lot to like in Ann Arbor, looking forward to reconnecting with the entire staff for a visit.
“The things I like about Michigan is they have a coaching staff that’s great,” Cornell said. “Coach Mattison coached my cousin Terrell Suggs in the NFL and I know that if he made Terrell like that he can make me be like Terrell or better than Terrell.
“And then when I was in for the Notre Dame game I saw a lot of love from the fans and every time I walked somewhere they knew who I was. That’s one thing about Michigan; they have a great fan base.
“And another thing about Michigan they have great academics, great football and great academics.”
With most colleges looking at Cornell as a pure defensive end in a 4-3 defensive scheme or a bigger defensive end in a 3-4, he has a plan for an announcement later this summer.
“August 28 I commit,” Cornell said. “I’ll narrow it down to three in July.”
Asked what it’ll take to secure a verbal commitment, Cornell was straightforward about his interests and intentions for the future.
“I think my relationship with the coaching staff and then what my coaches say,” Cornell said. “I want to play defensive end and some schools want me to play defensive tackle.
“And then another thing, academics come first cause you can’t play football unless you take care of things on the academic side. My mom is big on the academics cause the NFL is not for long, if I ever go to the NFL, so I know I could fall back on my academics.”