Jashon Cornell and Darius Fullwood Enjoy Ohio State Visit, Columbus NFTC

By Jordan Wagner on June 2, 2014 at 3:00p
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Following the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp event, Eleven Warriors spoke with two attendees, defensive lineman Jashon Cornell and defensive end Darius FullwoodEach recruit excelled in workouts, and landing them would add to the riches of defensive lineman Urban Meyer has signed since coming to Ohio State. 

Although the offensive line is at a clear disadvantage at most of these camp events, Cornell impressed enough to earn an invite to "The Opening", a meeting of the nation's elite prospects that in past years has aired on ESPN.

Cornell's first visit to Columbus couldn't have gone much better, a fact that has put the Buckeyes in the driver's seat for his commitment. "I loved it," Cornell said of his Saturday visit to Ohio State. "It was one of my favorite visits of the year."

Cornell also developed a rapport with the coaching staff. "I have a very good connection with both of them," Cornell said of Larry Johnson Sr. and Urban Meyer. "When I was here, it felt like family. It was love here. I like the facilities here and the academics are a high point."

Twitter was abuzz after Cornell sent out a tweet saying he could see himself playing with five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard in college, since Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are three schools both he and Hilliard are interested in. On Sunday, he reiterated that he and Hilliard might play college football together.

There wasn't much discussion about Cornell in connection to Ohio State prior to this weekend. Before Saturday, the staff struggled to get Cornell on campus. Now that he has visited, some insiders believe the Buckeyes could land a pledge from the five-star prospect. 

Some of the usual recruiting disadvantages don't apply for Cornell. Weather won't be a factor, since he's used to zero-degree weather Minnesota; in fact, Cornell said he loves the heat in Ohio. Distance won't be a factor either; his mother works for Delta, which allows his family to fly for free. 

The main factors in his recruitment? Academics and connection with the coaches. "Academics are the most important thing in my family. If you don't have the academic side, my mom pulls me out of football. You have to be a student athlete first."

Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA and USC are the five schools Cornell said are battling for his commitment. He will announce a decision at his school on August 28. 

On Saturday, Cornell and Darius Fullwood attended a cookout with the OSU coaching staff along with some other prospects. For Fullwood, a Maryland native, it was an opportunity to revisit Columbus while facing some of the nation's best competition. 

"I felt great," the three-star prospect said about working out at Columbus NFTC. "It's always good to get out here to these big camps to compete with the best players. I thought I did pretty well today." Fullwood blew by quite a few linemen in drills.

The Buckeyes are off to a slow start in recruiting this year, but Fullwood could be close to joining the 2015 class. "I should be making my choice on June 28," he said, noting that the process is coming to an end. "I'm going to take a few more visits and go to a few more camps."

Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State and Virginia Tech are the top schools in pursuit of the Maryland native. Besides his top five, Fullwood is still considering Boston College, Michigan State and Duke. According to Fullwood, he may visit those schools this summer.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end has visited most of his top schools more than once. Fullwood mentioned that he wanted to end the recruiting process before his senior football season, and feels he has a chance to see a lot from the schools pursuing him. 

Fullwood hasn't shied away from mentioning OSU as one of his top schools vying for his commitment. The Buckeyes appear to be the favorite for Fullwood, due in large part to his relationship with Larry Johnson Sr. 

When Johnson took over as Ohio State defensive line coach, one of his first calls was to Fullwood. Johnson quickly offered Fullwood, and he became one of the Buckeyes' top targets. "Ohio State is still very high on my list," Fullwood said on Sunday. "I have a great relationship with coach Johnson."

Fullwood's decision will come down which school fits him the best. He wants to major in business, so he wants a school that appeals to the business aspect. Campus life and good fit with the coaches are two of his other major factors while looking for a school.

"It's nice out here," Fullwood said. "It's a good campus feel. All the coaches have different personalities. They know how to have fun, and they know when the season comes around it's time to get serious, because we're trying to win games here."

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osu07asu10's picture

I get the feeling the coaching staff is starting to line a few of these up for late summer and early fall...

Great news about both recruits. I'd be happy to land both of them!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Iwearmocs's picture

What happened between Notre Dame and Cornell? I know his high school is a pipeline, and I thought he had them top on his list at one point.  Now they're not even under consideration? I'm not complaining, just curious lol.

Jordan Wagner's picture

In a separate interview, he told a media member that he was still considering ND. I think it's telling they didn't make his top five (and he did not mention ND while speaking with me). A lot of people thought MSU was one of his favorites, but it actually appears it's OSU, PSU and Michigan at the top. 

Hovenaut's picture

Some folks are complaining though...

 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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jpbuckeye's picture

I hope this does not result in some bad karma, but, I love watching that guy blow his top and spit all over anyone in a 20 foot radius. The trainers should maintain a healthy stock of gaskets because you know he is going to blow one or two per game.

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Hovenaut's picture

They usually gauge by the shade of purple.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Man i hope we land both of them....

 

Findog5's picture

With such a talented dline in place now, you wonder how many will declare early.  On top of that, you put Johnson's rotation in play and OSU is going to have some great talent coming through here to the NFL.  And a majority of them will get good playing time!

NCFinn

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osu07asu10's picture

Well Miller and Bennett are gone regardless. Pretty widely assumed/predicted that Spence is also a goner. The only other underclassman at the moment who I could see having a monster year and departing is Washington.

One would expect to see Bosa go after the 2015 season and he may be joined by another lineman from his class but it is anyone's guess as to who will take advantage of the openings after the 2014 season.

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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CC's picture

I would be shocked (and happy) if Bosa were here in 2 years.

KBonay's picture

And those 247 CB's are from trusted guys that don't flip their pick every weekend.   If we can add Neville Gallimore too....man.  Lookout.  Check out Neville's HUGE jump in 247 rankings.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

This guy is a beast.  If we have a chance, we've gotta get this guy.

Read my entire screen name....

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Anyone else find that sentence odd? How can he be 33 in the nation? Isn't he from Canada? 

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ronbizi's picture

A matter of semantics.  I'm guessing there hasn't been a substantial number of great Canadian Football players that necessitated their own rankings.  I'd rather have him ranked so we know his quality as compared to other recruits on the board.

Canukbuck's picture

Much smaller base to draw from, but there are some good ones up here .... The number 8 QB "on the continent" in the 2014 class chose Penn State (Michael O'Connor).  The 4-star QB was from Ottawa, played a year of HS in Tennessee and then down to Florida to Chris Weinke's team.  Very good player ....  Gallimore would look very good in Scarlet and Grey ... Last great DE from Canada to play for the Buckeyes - Brent Johnson (came back home after graduation to enjoy a lengthy career in the CFL) ....

osubuck57's picture

Gallimore is another one I'd love to land! He had a pretty big camp too, even though Cornell got the MVP honors.

SCOTTC.

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

"It's nice out here," Fullwood said. "It's a good campus feel... because we're trying to win games here."

"We" Mr Fullwood?  I believe we call this 'a willingness to sign on the dotted line'.  I certainly hope to see him suit up in our scarlet and gray.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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gumtape's picture

Nice catch on that one!

 

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

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blocko330's picture

I knew the Johnson hire was good - but it really seems like he bonds very well with these kids.  Glad he's in our corner.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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Groveport Heisman's picture

I'd be elated to pull both of these young men.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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BTBuckeye's picture

I heard Gallimore can bench press 400 lbs wearing a jean jacket. That's Canadian tough.

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tussey's picture

Actually they are on the metric system up there, so it would be 181.44kg.

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buckeyedude's picture

That's pushing some serious Canadian bacon.

 

 

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luckynutz's picture

Man...this could get real tricky. The number of d linemen that the staff is now sitting well with is staggering for this class. They may have to turn away highly rated guys. Makes sense now why they have eased their pursuit of some guys. And guys that wrre perceibed to be any day type commits havent pulled the trigger. Sounds like they may have to put em all in a cage with the 4 or so avaliable scholarships and fight it it. Last 4 standing get the spots.