2006: Linebacker Jonathan Cornell

Jonathan Cornell, the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker prospect has some connections to UCLA from his high school, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. He talks about his recruitment and his intentions...

Even after it brings in four linebackers this fall, UCLA will still need to stock up on linebackers in the 2006 recruiting class since it loses its top three to graduation after next season.

One of the guys they lose is Wesley Walker. The Bruins are looking to possibly replace the former La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker with another Lancer, Jonathan Cornell (6-3, 220).

The quick, athletic ‘backer is hearing from schools from all over the country, including UCLA, Notre Dame, LSU, USC, Oregon, Cal, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas. He also has a written offer from Kansas, where former Lancer teammate Jonathan Soto signed in February.

"My favorite is UCLA right now. Then Kansas, USC and Texas. My fifth school is pretty wide open," said Cornell.

Doing the recruiting of Cornell is recruiting coordinator and Bishop Amat alum Eric Bieniemy. "Coach Bieniemy is a legend at our school. It's cool being recruited by a Lancer legend. He is a real articulate guy, and a great coach," said Cornell. "And I know Wesley Walker too."

Cornell attended UCLA's Junior Day, and said the whole day was a great experience. "I had a great time seeing the campus and the facilities. The coaches are real cool, too," said Cornell.

Cornell said after he gets his grades up this semester, he hopes to get offers from Notre Dame and UCLA, who both said they would be looking at this semester's transcripts before tendering an offer.

During his junior year, Cornell totaled over 100 tackles, including a 15-tackle effort against Loyola. He also had an interception and gained 68 yards on fake punts. He ran a 4.54 forty at last year's Nike Camp in San Diego.

Cornell will be at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles next month, and hopes to be at both the UCLA and USC team camps this summer.

As for a commitment, Cornell expects to go through the process, somewhat, then wait and see what his offers are following the semester.

"I've got some work to do with my academics, but I know how important it is to my family, so I am working hard and I'll be set when the time comes," said Cornell.


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