The Buckeyes added commitment number 12 for their 2015 class when Jashon Cornell announced his decision to select Ohio State over Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
Cornell, a four-star defensive lineman from Minnesota, also had offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.
The Cornell File
- Class 2015
- Position DE
- Size 6-4/260
- School Cretin Derham Hall (Saint Paul, MN)
- Composite ★★★★
- Rank 3 (DE)
While the 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman is listed as a weakside defensive end, he worked out at defensive tackle during Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus in June. His performance helped him secure an invite to "The Opening," which takes place July 7-10.
Following a visit to Ohio State prior to NFTC Columbus, the Buckeyes became a legit contender for his eventual commitment. Prior to his visit, there was little to no buzz surrounding Cornell and the Buckeyes.
Cornell has repeatedly mentioned wanting to play with five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard and he'll get his wish. Cornell also formed strong relationships with Larry Johnson Sr. and Urban Meyer.
"I have a very good connection with both of them," Cornell said of Larry Johnson Sr. and Urban Meyer. "When I was [at Ohio State], it felt like family."
While he was originally expected to announce a decision on August 28, he decided this weekend to move his decision date up to today.
Cornell, the nation's 37th overall prospect according to 247Sports composite rankings, helped lead Cretin Derham Hall to a 7-3 record with 70 tackles (20 for a loss), 15 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. When ESPN.com released their initial "Top 300" for the 2015 class, Cornell was the top-ranked player in the country, although he's dipped slightly since that initial list.