Notre Dame fans will remember Bishop Amat as the school that sent linebacker Kory Minor ('95-'98) and wide receiver Joey Getherall ('97-'00) to South Bend.
"Kory Minor coached my team last season," said Jonathan Cornell. "I'm not sure if he'll be back, but he coached outside linebackers. That's one of my favorite guys right there, coach Minor.
"We have another alumni (that attended Notre Dame), Joey Getherall, but I've never met him," added Cornell.
While John has heard great things about Notre Dame from coach Minor, there is more interest in Notre Dame than just his connection to Minor.
"Yeah, big interest in Notre Dame. It's one of my top schools," explained Cornell. "I watched them growing up. I don't know why, but I had one of their jerseys and I just liked it. When I was little, my dad took me to the USC-Notre Dame game. I didn't know much, but I just went for them.
"I've never been (to Notre Dame), but I heard it's really nice, and I hear when you step on campus and see the tradition and mystique, you get the chills.
"They've sent me a lot of mail, and my coach talked to them on the phone and they said they were really interested. They said they were going to call me in May, but I haven't heard from them so I'm not sure what's up."
John was well aware of the coaching change at Notre Dame, so I asked him what his impression was of Notre Dame's new head coach.
"I know he's (Charlie Weis) a great offensive coordinator, and he should move the program in the right direction," responded Cornell. "I don't know his defensive philosophy, so I don't know anything about their defensive situation, but I do know he's a great offensive guy."
Along with Notre Dame Cornell list USC and UCLA as his top schools, with Kansas (offer), Colorado State (offer), Utah (offer), Washington (offer), and Oregon (offer) among the other schools that he is considering.
"USC and UCLA stopped in and called. I called them also," said Cornell. "We have a good line of communication. I've talked to coach Carroll, coach Norton--they're really good guys. Coach Dorrell and the linebackers coach at UCLA."
"I'm going to the USC camp this weekend," he added.
"They usually tell me that I play really intense. I come down hill and attack the ball. I move my feet, and my technique is sound," Cornell said when asked what college coaches have told him about his playing ability.
Cornell said that he has family in St. Louis so he wouldn't have any trouble playing football in the Midwest.
Cornell reports a 2.0 GPA/June 4 first-time SAT.
Comments: Cornell looks great on his film from the Los Angeles Scout.com combine. I have also heard from several people that were at the combine that that he performed extremely well. I believe the Irish staff is holding onto the linebacker offers until the end of their camp session. If they do decide to offer Cornell, I think they would have a very good shot at landing this talented California prospect.