Pushing for a Whole New Level

Even with over 20 scholarship offers and expected to be the top recruit in the state of Minnesota for 2015, St. Paul Cretin Derham defensive end Jashon Cornell is spending his offseason working harder than he's ever worked before.

ST. PAUL , MN - Jashon Cornell admitted that his training technique might be a little different than other high school defensive ends in the country. While many aspiring defensive linemen focus solely on upper and lower body strength, speed and footwork off the line of scrimmage.

While Cornell does take those factors into his training, he says focusing on his hands is what he needs to elevate his impressive game to an even higher level.

"If you don't have the hands, you won't be a good defensive lineman," Cornell told Badger Nation. "If you don't have good hands, none of the other stuff matters. The more aggressive you are with your hands, the better chance you have of getting to the quarterback.

"I've been focusing a lot on every drill that has to do with my hands and I feel they have improved a lot since last year."

After a sophomore season where Cornell had 14 sacks and 26 tackles for loss, the hyped-junior defensive end from St. Paul Cretin Derham is slated to be one of the highest-ranked players in the Midwest for the 2015 recruiting class, especially with him adding more weapons to his arsenal.

No matter what he is ranked, Cornell is already been one of the most popular with college coaches.

Cornell's high school has been a busy hub for college coaches during the month of May. Cornell estimates that well over a dozen coaches were in to his school the past two weeks and his offer list has climbed to over 21.

"Going through the process has been really fun for me," said Cornell. "I am just taking it all in right now and still working hard to get better for next year. I feel like I am putting together a good (top) list. I feel like I have done all my research on the colleges."

In terms of Wisconsin, that research has come first hand. Cornell was offered by the Wisconsin staff when he visited in mid April, telling him he was an elite-level prospect and one of the best in the Midwest.

Wisconsin coaches have stayed active on the 6-4, 220-pound athlete, visiting with his head coach during the spring and talking to Cornell when permissible.

"Right now they are a school I really like," said Cornell. "They care about me a lot and that they will make me a better player. Building relationships come naturally to me. I like talking to people a lot. I felt like it came pretty naturally (with Wisconsin)."

Planning to do more unofficial visits than camps this summer, Cornell plans to head out to Michigan and Michigan State, but stop back at Wisconsin before he heads home.

"I want to get out to all the schools that have offered me," said Cornell. "I plan on getting down to see Florida, Florida State and South Florida, as well."

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