Cornell selected the Spartans over the Fighting Illini due in large part to the bond he formed with future Spartans quarterback Keith Nichol, linebacker George White and linemate Paul Simkovich.
"I have also formed some strong bonds with the Michigan State coaching staff. I have also gotten to know some of the incoming recruits like Paul Simkovich, Keith Nichol, and George White. They are all great guys," said Cornell.
Cornell's commitment could open the floodgates for Michigan State. They are expecting announcements from two other players that they've targeted including tight end Brian Linthicum of Charlottesville, VA.
Cornell joins the aforementioned Simkovich, White, Nichol and Bloomfield Hills Lasher safety Quincy Landingham in the MSU fold.