Standout JC linebacker commits to CSU

It happens every season. A player flies under the radar and then emerges right before letter of intent day to commit to a school. That is the case with Bakersfield LB Curtis Cornelson (6-1, 235) who committed to Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick on his official visit this past weekend.

"I committed to them on Sunday when I met with coach Lubick," and excited Cornelson told "He offered me while we were meeting and he said ‘Are you ready to come to Colorado State?' and I told him I was ready to commit.

"He was really excited and said he couldn't wait for me to join them. He said he's going to send out my papers in a week or so and then I can sign on February 7th."

Also approving of his decision was his mother who also visited with her son.

"She loved all of the coaches and the area," Cornelson said. "They were all so welcoming there and we really loved the city."

Cornelson helped lead Bakersfield to a 9-1 record and they won the WSC North title.

"We had a great year as a team," Cornelson said. "It was a lot of fun winning it this year and having the year we had."

From his middle linebacker position, Cornelson totaled over 100 tackles.

"My instincts are pretty good," Cornelson said. "I used my speed (4.6) to make plays from sideline-to-sideline.

"They want me to play middle linebacker and I'm really excited to be a part of what they have going on there. They had a down year last year, but traditionally they are a good program that plays hard and wins a lot of games."

Cornelson didn't qualify out of high school and will finish his two-year degree in May with three years to play two.

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