2015 MN DE Cornell at Adidas (w/video)

Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) High sophomore defensive end Jashon Cornell was one of the standouts at the Adidas Invitational last weekend. GBW was there to check out Cornell, as he talked about his performance, his thoughts on Michigan, what he's looking for in a program, his decision timeline, and more.***Video Interview W/Highlights.***

Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) High sophomore defensive end Jashon Cornell made the trip to Adidas Innovational last weekend to prove he is one of the best prospects in the Midwest.

Mission accomplished.

At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Cornell used his combination of his "bull rush" and athleticism to win his fair share of the one-on-ones in Sunday's competition.

"I think I did really good today," he told GoBlueWolverine. "The coach says I have to work on my hands more and cut through. Out of that, I just did fine…(I excelled at) bull rushing, my hands are quicker than theirs. I get off the line faster than them. I just did what I had to do."

Last season, Cornell had an outstanding sophomore campaign where he put up eye-popping statistics on the defensive side of the ball.

"I had 40 tackles, 14 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and one field goal block," he said.

Currently, Cornell has offers from Rutgers, Minnesota and Iowa. But is also hearing interest from the Michigan, and said he like the Maize and Blue winning tradition.

"I like that they have the record for winningest program in college football," he explained. "The coaching staff is really good and they haven't lost many of their coaches that have been there for a while. That they're playing (like) Michigan—they're good."

Is a visit to Ann Arbor in the future?

"I plan on making it up the Notre Dame April game or spring game to see my friend James Onwualu. So after that I think I will head up to Michigan," he said.

As far as what Cornell is looking for in a program, he made it clear what the No. 1 priority is at the next level.

"I'm going to look for academics," he said. "My family is really high on academics. That's all we want in life…(I would like to focus on) either business or law."

While academics are his top priority, he said there will be other factors when he starts going on campus visits.

"I'm trying to connect with their defensive line coach, right now," he said. "The thing I am looking for there is their weight room. How the coaching staff is with their players. How the players are there."

Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, SEC and Pac-12 schools are notable programs and conferences that have sparked his interest early, said Cornell.

In the meantime, he admits he is in no rush to make his commitment.

"I think I'm probably going to wait until my sighing day senior year."


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