And after seeing the U-M program up and personal for the first time, Cornell admits he enjoyed his visit with the Maize and Blue.
"The visit went really, really good," Cornell said."The Big House stood out a lot. The facilities were crazy, they were super nice. They definitely put a lot of work into it."
Cornell, who was offered by U-M early May, was taken by surprise when a Michigan No. 16 jersey was hanging up for him to wear on his visit, especially because it was worn my former U-M quarterback Denard "Shoelace" Robinson.
"It felt amazing wearing Denard Robinson's old jersey, cause that's the same number I wear in high school," Cornnell said. "So it was really surprising that they had that out for me. It shocked me that they did that for me. I wasn't expecting them to have a jersey laid out there for me. So it felt pretty good."
With coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison both coaching the defensive line, Cornell said he liked the extra attention the staff spends on his position group.
"Knowing that coach Hoke is a head coach that's on the defensive line, shows that he loves the d-line," Cornell said. "That's he's going to take care of the d-line.
"And the history that coach Mattison has with recruiting players out of my school. …and he coached in the NFL. So it showed me he know how to put players in the league. He knows how to teach players what to do. My experience with him at Sound Mind Sound Body (football camp) was great. I learned a lot of new moves and what to do. He taught me more than most of the other players. So he showed that he really cares about me."
At 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, Cornell has double digit offers from the who's who of college football. So with options like USC, Notre Dame and Ohio State, already zeroing in on his services, Cornell said it's "too early" for him to name a leader in the clubhouse. He said he would like to name a top-10 after his junior season. With the Buckeyes' being the next school he intends on visiting later this month.
"I'll probably go down to Ohio State for their Friday Night Lights at the end of the month for a visit," Cornell said. "If the Barbecue at the Big House is going on during that time, then I'll probably go to that, too."
In the meantime, Cornell said he is focusing on having a huge junior campaign.
"So far I have been working on my speed more than anything. I already know that I am stronger than most people. So right now it's about training on my speed and getting my footwork down. I need to work on hands getting off the line and stiff. He faster I get off the line, the faster I get to the quarterback."