Michigan Commits Seek Out Cornell at SMSB

One of the most highly touted defensive ends in the 2015 class, Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) four-star Jashon Cornell had several Wolverines in his ear at Sound Mind Sound Body. GBW caught up with Cornell to talk about the experience, Michigan, and visit plans.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Standing next to 2015 Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) defensive end Jashon Cornell out at Sound Mind Sound Body this past weekend, 2014 Michigan commitment and Detroit (Mich.) Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways had one message for the four-star pass rusher.

“What are you waiting for?” Ways said matter-of-factly as Cornell smiled.

Ways wasn’t the only future Wolverine laying on a recruiting pitch awfully thick at Sound Mind Sound Body, 2014 Southfield (Mich.) defensive end commitment Lawrence Marshall, as well as some of the Michigan staff, all spent time with the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder.

“They’ve been in my ear a lot out here,” Cornell told GoBlueWolverine. “They were throwing up the M (with their hands) saying, ‘when are you going to commit to Michigan? When are you going to come out here and visit us?’ But right now I’m just keeping everything neutral. I’ve been loving the process with the coaches, they’ve been on me.”

Coaches from Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin took their time to work with Cornell in different drills, making sure they each got their fair share of face time.

“Today I had really good contact with coach Vrabel and coach Hoke, coach Chad from Wisconsin and others,” he said.

Cornell elaborated on his relationship with the Buckeyes. “My vibe with Ohio State has been going good. Coach Vrabel is a really good guy. He’s a guy I can chill with and talk to about everything. So far he’s been in my ear all day. When we went to one on one’s he was like, ‘you got to do this, you got to do that, finish it that way.’”

Defensive line coaches at heart, Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison worked closely with Cornell, further polishing an already refined game from his defensive end position.

“I learned I got to stutter step more and make a move,” said Cornell. “The first two steps are the most important steps whether you’re going inside or going outside. You’ve got to know by the first two steps you take.”

One of the hundreds of kids in attendance at Sound Mind Sound Body, Cornell looked around with appreciation, knowing how hard he’s worked to earn the opportunities and potential future destinations that are lining up hoping for his signature.

“It’s a really good experience,” said Cornell. “I see about 800 kids out here, all trying to be in the best position and trying to get an offer. I’m just blessed that I have what I do so far as long as I work hard and compete.”

Cornell plans to do a southern tour of SEC schools this upcoming weekend.

On Saturday, Cornell made his way to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit before heading home. GoBlueWolverine will have more on that in the coming days.

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