#21 Linebacker Has Top Five

The #21-ranked linebacker in the country, 6-2, 220-pound Jonathan Cornell from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, said he has a top five and will start arranging official visits by November. He has a couple of persuasive recruiters selling him on UCLA...

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Jonathan Cornell (6-2, 220) is holding double-digit scholarship offers. Now comes the hard part.

"I've got to start narrowing it down and then set up my visits. I've lost count on all the offers I've gotten," said Cornell.

Cornell's plan is to decide in January and start setting up official visits beginning in November. He said that while he remains wide open, five schools are standing out.

"UCLA, USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Ole Miss are my top schools," said Cornell, adding that all have offered. "I'll probably visit those schools, but I haven't decided on if I'll trip to UCLA and USC officially since I can go there for an unofficial visit. I may take one during the season but I'd rather wait for after the season."

Last Saturday, Cornell kept himself busy and saw the two local schools in action, watching USC host Arizona and UCLA host Cal.

"It was cool going to both games. I tried to just pay attention to the games and not to the atmosphere. I was just watching the games and enjoying myself," said Cornell

Cornell said that two people in particular are selling the Bruins well to him.

"Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is recruiting me for UCLA and he's an Amat legend. And Brandon (Bennett, a UCLA commit), that's my friend and he's advertising UCLA all the time, saying we can play together. But he wants what is best for me," said Cornell.

Cornell said his family was leaving the choice to him but dropping hints where they would like him to play. "My Dad wants me to stay close to home, either UCLA or USC. He says you'll have more connections here if you go to school here, but they leave the decision to me. I'm not really leaning to staying close to home," said Cornell.

One of the factors that will play a role in Cornell's choice is early playing time. "Immediate playing time is a factor. But really, it's about where I feel the most comfortable," said Cornell.

On the year, Cornell has 67 tackles, with also six touchdowns as a running back.

He said his GPA was "improving," and he is set to take the SAT in November.

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