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La Puente (Calif.) linebacker Jonathan Cornell (6-3, 220, 4.55) claims new offers from both Boise State and Washington in addition to his previous offers from UCLA, Utah, Oregon, UTEP, Colorado State and Kansas.

"I haven't really put much thought into my top five lately," said Cornell, from Bishop Amat High School.

"Right now UCLA is at the top of the list and they're edging out the other schools. I also like USC (no offer), Notre Dame (no offer), Texas (no offer), Utah, Oregon and Miami (no offer). I've got a really great relationship with coach Eric Bieniemy (running backs) right now. I really trust him a lot. They look like a program on the rise in the next few years and I want to be a part of that.

"I really like the tradition at both USC and Notre Dame. Plus, we've had a lot of alumni from my high school that have gone to those schools.

"I don't know what it is about Texas' program, but there's something that really intrigues me about them.

"Utah has done a great job at recruiting in the past two years and they've got a real aggressive defense. I like how they run a base 4-3, and they've got a real complex offense. Practicing against an offense like theirs would really help in preparing me to get to the next level," he said.

"Oregon's program is going to be good this year. They're probably the sleeper in the Pac-10 right now. They've got a really great staff and I like talking with coach (John) Neal (secondary). He's the one that's recruiting me, and they all seem like some great guys up there.

"Miami is like the East Coast USC. They've got a lot of talent there. A lot of people say that California boys can't play there, but I think I could go there and earn a starting position.

"It looks like USC wants to evaluate me more before they offer. I was at their camp on June 11 and they really seemed to like me a lot. With Notre Dame, I'd say they want my GPA to come up some before they offer. I won't go to any other camps or on any unofficial visits this summer. I'm strictly focusing on high school football.

"I want to see what other offers come in and I want to take some official visits before I make my decision on a program. I'll probably wait until Signing Day.

"I'm taking summer school right now with Biology and Algebra C to get my grades up."

Cornell reports a 2.0 GPA/June 4 first-time SAT scores unreported.


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