Along with cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, new defensive line coach Larry Johnson was the other Ohio State assistant who was present in Detroit for the entire football portion of Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit on June 12. Johnson in particular spent much of his time keeping a close eye on a coveted prospect.
St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell made it to the camp just two weeks after visiting Ohio State and participating in the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus on June 1. He spent the position-specific portions of the camp competing under the watchful eye of Johnson, and he displayed the explosive ability that has impressed so many college coaches.
"I think I did great today, going against (Detroit King four-star offensive guard and Michigan State commit) Kyonta Stallworth, one of the best offensive linemen out here," Cornell told BuckeyeSports.com. "I went two-for-two against him and everyone else on the line I just blew by. I think he was my biggest challenge today."
Cornell spent some of the breaks during camp soliciting feedback from Johnson, and the pair talked for around 10 minutes at the conclusion of the camp. For Cornell, both his presence at many of these football camps as well as his talks with Johnson are done with one thing in mind.
"As I go through camps, I pick each and every coach's mind to see what I can do to become a better player," he said. "I think that's why I'm so good at what I do right now."
Right now, the Buckeyes are sitting pretty when it comes to Cornell's recruitment. He has no order to the teams he's currently considering, but OSU is among Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and UCLA as the teams he's considering at this point. The plan is for him to narrow his list to three in July and make a final decision Aug. 28. That should bode well for Ohio State to end up in Cornell's final three, as he mentioned he will probably be back to Columbus for Ohio State'S Friday Night Lights camp in late July.
A second visit could further improve Ohio State's standing, as Cornell mentioned that his most recent trip to Columbus was a memorable one.
"I loved it. It was one of my favorite visits this year," he said. "Urban Meyer, Larry Johnson, I've got a really good connection with both of them. It just felt like family. I like the facilities here and the academics are a high point. When I came to visit, it was like they forgot about everyone else and I was their one main focus."
In Detroit, he also got to listen to Urban Meyer address the campers at the end of the first day and enjoyed Meyer's message.
"The one thing about Coach Urban Meyer, he's real with you," Cornell said. "He always tells you the reality of things."
Neither the distance nor the weather, two factors commonly used to negatively recruit against Ohio State, will be factors with Cornell. The four-star prospect said in June that he loved the weather in Columbus compared to Minnesota and also mentioned that his mother works for Delta, so flights for his family are never an issue.