Home Sweet Home?

Arguably the top player in Minnesota is junior defensive end Jashon Cornell and he discusses visits, his recruitment and if the Gophers are a pretender or contender?

Many believe the top player in Minnesota for 2015 will be Saint Paul (MN.) Cretin Derham Hall junior defensive end Jashon Cornell, who already holds over double digits offers. With that attention, the spotlight has been put on him to deliver at camps this summer and he hasn't disappointed.

"I have went to some camps this summer and felt I did what I needed to do," Cornell told GopherDigest. "My recruitment has only gotten more hectic and it seems like I talk to a couple coaches everyday. I am now going out to Ohio State in this month, Iowa around sometime and make a stop to Michigan as well."

One of his earliest offers came from the hometown team in Minnesota, so the talented defensive end reflects on that moment and how he felt about it.

"I found out the offer from my offensive line coach," said Cornell. "He came in and told me that Minnesota wanted to offer me. I got to talk to Coach Kill after my basketball game and he told the news personally from him again that they like to offer me, so it was nice."

"It means a lot to me getting that offer coming from Minnesota being the in-state school. If I go there, then I can be the in-state kid that stayed home and not one of those highly recruited kids that left. It was a big offer to get and it came early, so it was great!"

The dominating 6-4, 220-pound force knows Minnesota is home to him and feels that family vibe from the Gopher program.

"I like all the people at Minnesota," said Cornell. "I know a couple coaches there and my dad talks with them every now and then. They want me to come check out the campus whenever I can. They tell me to come hang out with the team and the door is always open. There is many things there and I like what they are doing."

Head Coach Jerry Kill knows how important it is to recruit the local high school powerhouse in Cretin Derham Hall, which is why the Gophers have stayed in contact with senior cornerback Tim Gordon and senior quarterback Ricardo Johnson. Could the highly touted junior defender see himself playing with his teammates and even possibly other top players like Minnesota commit, running back Jeffrey Jones one day?

"Yeah, that might be a possibility. We talk about playing with each others sometimes. I talk to other guys Minnesota has on board and is recruiting like commit Jeffrey Jones and Frank Ragnow. We all talk about possibly staying in-state and playing together, so it has come up and could happen in the future."

"I talk to Jeff sometimes and he is a real cool guy. He is not a guy that talks about his recruitment a lot and is looking to find the right family. I know he has been looking around at other schools, but I think he will stay solid with his commitment."

Most schools have been putting on the full-court press for the prized recruit, but he doesn't have anyone sticking out at this point or sees a decision in sight.

"All the schools are recruiting me hard," said Cornell. "There are no schools recruiting me harder because they all are putting in the time. I don't have a top list yet and not thinking about even committing."

While a decision is far from the horizon, he is turning his attention to his upcoming season and working on adding another gear to his speed.

"I think this year, the defensive will be real solid," said Cornell. "We got a lot of returning players from last year and only lost two players from our defense, so it should be a good year. I am really working on my line speed and trying to get as fast as possible for this next season. I am focused on working on my speed and quickness along with my hands and footwork."

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