One To Watch: Jashon Cornell

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 29, 2013 at 5:03p

It's never to early to: shop for Christmas presents (according to my mom) or talk about football prospects and their talents. 

Jashon Cornell got a Buckeye offer todayCornell is a big-time sophomore prospect

It's with that thought in mind that I present to you St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Durham sophomore sensation Jashon Cornell, who was offered his 12th scholarship offer today, this one coming from the Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Cornell is a solid 6-foot-4, 227-pound defensive end who has reported 4.6 speed in the forty-yard dash, almost unheard of measurable numbers for a player who just turned 16-years old in December. Cornell is the type of player, and person who can kick-start a recruiting class, or a program (like say, the home-state Gophers) with a simple phrase: "Yes, coach, I'm in."

Those are not words one should expect to hear from the sophomore, who holds a lofty GPA (3.4) at Cretin-Durham, one of the country's premier athletic high schools, to go along with his on-the-field accolades. Cornell plans to study either law or business in college, but right now the business that's on his mind is measuring up to this the standards he set this past season as his junior year, the year he anticipated college attention coming his way.

"It feels really good right now," Cornell said. "I feel like I'm on the top of the world, but I know I still have to be humble and hungry. It was really unexpected, though, I thought I will get (this attention) in my junior year football season."

When I first spoke to Cornell, about a week and a half ago, he was not sure what the Buckeyes had to offer because he'd only received a few fliers from them, but had not been in contact personally.

That changed today.

"I've got a couple questionnaires from them," he said during our first conversation. "I plan on giving Coach Meyer a call sometime soon."

That was a call Cornell didn't need to make, as it turned out, because the Buckeyes came calling on him.

"I talked to Mike Vrabel today. He told me that the coaching staff watched my film and that they were really impressed with me as a sophomore," Cornell added. "They like my speed and quickness off the edg and they like my footwork and hands as well."

Cornell work out with, a company that helps provide recruiting assistance, exposure, training and mentoring to young athletes, and they know they've got something special with this "freakshow athlete."

"Jashon's very mature, both mentally and physically," Levi Bradley, head of recruiting for the company told Eleven Warriors. "He's a legitimate 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds and has tremendous upside, he's going to be a big-time player. He's got a great understanding of the game and work ethic as well. He is not just enjoying the offers and taking it easy, he works out six times a week. He puts in the work and earns it."

With two-plus years ahead of him, Cornell is in no hurry to make a decision and has not even considered narrowing a list, because that list is bound to grow exponentially in the next few months, but he hopes to visit Ohio State this summer. Until then, Bradley says, they are going to tell Cornell what they tell all their prospective student-athletes. 

"Find the school that best compliments what you do," he said of what should matter to recruits the most. "Jashon is unique in his recruitment because he is truly wide-open, with a capital 'W'. He's not in love with the SEC, he's not against the Big Ten or the Pac-12. He's got good people around him and they will make sure that he ends up in the place that best suits his abilities and offers the chance to get on the field the earliest. His mom has basically already decided that she's going to move close to where ever he decides to go to school."


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Hovenaut's picture

I'm sorry, I thought you wrote that he just turned sixteen.....


Unky Buck's picture

That's what I was thinking. That's one old looking 16 year old.

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bodast67's picture

Welcome to Jashon Cornell everyone ! He is another in a long line of beasts that are being produced or seasoned at Cretin-Durham in St Paul. Very excited to see him offered by the Buckyeyes. Already a lot of buzz here locally, but now he is getting that exposure nationally.




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MN Buckeye's picture

Great to see a local kid blow up.  Just two thoughts: 1, he better keep good people around him, and 2, he needs a new photo.

OldColumbusTown's picture

It's amazing the amount of elite prospects that have come out of Minnesota, and especially Cretin-Durham. Yet, the Gophers just can't seem to reel any in, or even come close to capitalizing on some of the top HS programs in that state. You have to think at some point they could bring in somebody to really take hold of the state and bring excitement to the Gopher program. How disheartening to lose out on every single one of these top recruits...

But hey, I'm sure Urban will gladly take them off the state of Minnesota's hands!

MN Buckeye's picture

Minnesota has a long, long way to go to become elite again.  They have not invested in infrastructure like the top schools of the B1G, and Jerry Kill is not likely the answer to take them to the top.  After all, he was the one that pushed them to pay $800K to NOT play UNC just so they have a chance at a bowl game.  Pathetic.  But Norwood Teague seems to be a solid AD, and with enough time they may be respectable again.  I would rather the top recruits head to Columbus any day!