Jon Cornell recruiting update

La Puente (Calif.) linebacker Jonathan Cornell (6-3, 220, 4.55) says he has written offers from Kansas (first to pledge), Colorado State, UTEP, Utah, Oregon and UCLA.

"My top five right now is UCLA, Notre Dame (no offer), USC (no offer), Utah and Miami (no offer). I know the schools that haven't offered me yet out of that top five still want to evaluate me more before they do," said Cornwell, from Bishop Amat High School. He denies a favorite.

"I like coach (Eric) Bieniemy (running backs) from UCLA. He's real cool and he's an alumni of Bishop Amat. Coach (Karl) Dorrell is also a good guy. I like how the program there is real family-based and how the coaches there are really interested to get to know you as a person and as a player. My friend, Jamel Greer (linebacker), is going there. I also like how they've shown this genuine interest in me," he said.

"I've spoken with some of the coaches from Notre Dame and I'm pretty sure they're about to offer me. They said they really want to do it, it's just that I've got to get my G.P.A. up about 2-3 points. They've been a childhood favorite of mine and I really like the tradition there. It reminds me of my high school, and they've got some great alumni at Notre Dame too.

"USC just has some great spirit over there. When I was there for their JR Day, coach (Pete) Carroll really talked about the spirit of the program and how important it is to compete, and have that attitude. The players there like to compete, but they have fun doing it because the coaches get them pumped up for it. It would be a great atmosphere for me to play football," he said.

"Utah is a program on-the-rise and they've got a great defense there. I like how they get their players to play multiple schemes because that's what gets you ready for the NFL. They like to blitz a lot and run a lot of different packages. They do a lot with their defense and that's the main thing that I like with them."

Cornell has been to JR Days at UCLA and USC. This summer he plans to camp at USC.

"I want to make my decision closer to Signing Day," he said.

"I play smart and I'm good at doing what I'm supposed to do. I've got a great attitude towards practice and I'm very eager to learn more about the game. I just started playing football my freshman year. As a teammate, I want to take on more of a leadership role this season. Personally, I want to stay focused on my priorities, on the game and on winning."

Final JR (6-6) stats: 130+ tackles/2 sacks/1 INT; Bench: 315/Squat: 500/Power Clean: 285/Vert Jump: 34"

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