The following information was revealed during our interview with Jonathan Cornell:
Talk about your season.
"We are out of the playoffs. We finished 6-4."
What were your
stats for the year? "I had around 100 tackles, 8 TD's, and I do not know
how many receiving yards I had."
Did you play receiver on offense?
"No, I played the slot position."
Did you make it in for your
Ole Miss official visit? "Yes sir. I loved it down there. Everyone was very
hospitable. I have never ate that much (laugh). Their coaches are great. I also
like their defensive scheme."
Now that you have visited West Coast
colleges and a Southern college; what are the differences? "It is a lot different.
Everybody is nicer down there than they are over here, but it is also a lot colder.
It was like 32 degrees at the game. The style of offense is a lot different in
the SEC. It is more run oriented than it is over here. They just ran the ball
a lot more. It looks like Ole Miss has a strong academic program, so there is
not much difference education wise."
Who was your host for the weekend?
"Patrick Willis. He was a great guy. He told me how it is, not just what
I wanted to hear. He kept it real with me, and I really respected that."
everybody else real with you? "Yea, they really were. Like Coach Neilson,
he told me he had to make some adjustments going down to the South, but all in
all, he was happy."
What new did you learn about Ole Miss during your
trip? "I learned that they have a lot of tradition. That is one thing I really
like about schools, tradition, like (U)SC. I just did not know that Ole Miss was
that serious about their football. I saw their indoor complex and I was like where
in the world did that come from. It just blew me away. I have never seen a college
with facilities like theirs."
Was Ole Miss more, less, or about what
you were expecting it to be? "It was absolutely more than what I was expecting.
I had a preconceived idea about the South, and it was nothing like that at all.
I am glad I got a chance to see how it really is down there. I also love how they
play defense at Ole Miss. Even though they got blown out, their defense played
hard and they have a great scheme. I thought their defense played great for having
such a short field. But it was the people down there that really surprised me.
They proved me wrong."
When you think back on your visit; what stood
out the most? "Just how comfortable I felt down there."
about the Ole Miss staff. "Coach Orgeron is great. I can see why people say
he is a master recruiter. I have never been around a coach with that much energy.
He is a trip. Coach O loves his football. Coach Slocum was also great. He told
me that he coached two former Butkus award winners in Dat Nguyen and Chris Claiborne.
Patrick Willis is probably going to win it this year, so he wants me to be his
fourth Butkus award winner. That really intrigues me."
What was discussed
between you and Coach Orgeron during your one on one meeting? "He wanted
to know what it would take to get me out of California. He also wanted to know
how seriously I was considering them, which I am."
So what is it going
to take to get your out of California? "I do not know. It is really between
three schools. It would not take as much to get out of California as it would
to keep me in. I am just taking visits and comparing schools. I am not looking
at the out of state part. I just want to go to the best school for me."
does Ole Miss now stand? "They are in my Top 3 with USC and UCLA."