Cornell speaks highly of the Irish

Rising junior Jashon Cornell of Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham talks about why he's high on Notre Dame's 3-4 defense, what two games he plans on seeing the Irish play this season, and who at Notre Dame he's termed his 'favorite.'

One of the most highly coveted recruits in the 2015 class is defensive end Jashon Cornell of Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end has 24 offers, and he's gearing up for a big-time junior season on the field.

"I've been working a lot and working out a ton," Cornell said. "I'm actually working out with [Notre Dame freshman] James Onwualu right now. He's back in town before Notre Dame starts their hell week. He was telling me about it. They go to this place with no air conditioning and they can't have cell phones. That doesn't sound too fun, but it's what needed to be the best. It shows me how serious Notre Dame is. It's all about getting down to business."

Cornell said due to his busy summer, he was only able to visit Michigan, but he's hearing heavily from a number of schools.

"Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, Florida, Florida State, Iowa and Minnesota are the schools that I talk with the most," Cornell said. "I have 24 offers right now, and I will probably come out with a top 10 around my third game into the season."

Cornell showed no hesitation when asked what it was that he liked about Notre Dame.

"Coach Alford is why I love Notre Dame," Cornell said. "He's my favorite coach so far."

"I like Notre Dame's 3-4 defense," Cornell added. "We are moving to that at my high school. They are recruiting me for CAT linebacker, and I'm going to be playing something similar to that this season in high school. Their CAT linebacker is graduating this year, so I would have the chance to come in and compete for early playing time."

Cornell says he plans on seeing the Irish in person twice this upcoming season.

"I will be at the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game in Michigan, and I will also probably be at the Notre Dame vs. USC game in South Bend," Cornell said. "Whatever happens, happens. If I like a school enough, I will commit. The business school will be very important. And, the overall football program, including the coaches and everything." Top Stories