Jashon Cornell has already garnered the attention of ESPN, being named the top player in the class of 2015 already. ESPN is the only major recruiting website to name their top players so far, but you can also expect to see Cornell near the top of anyone’s list. Standing at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, he will likely play as either a defensive end in a 4-3 defense or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The bottom line is, this guy can rush the passer.
Cornell attends Cretin-Derham High School in Saint Paul, Minn. The Cretin-Derham Raiders are coming off of a 6-3 season in which they lost in the first round of the playoffs. They have lost key player James Onwualu who now attends Notre Dame. The offense was just as capable as the defense, and they were never blown out last season. That bodes well for a team hoping to improve despite a key player graduating. Cornell finished last season with a ridiculous 14 sacks for a sophomore, and will only look to improve that number, as well as his 26 tackles for a loss. However, he could likely see many opposing offenses try to avoid him at all costs.
Cornell is currently being ambushed by 11 Big Ten teams, including home-state Minnesota. But rumor already has it that the leader to nab Cornell are the Fighting Irish. The connection is probably made from his former teammate, which would be interesting to see at the next level. A couple major teams such as Florida and USC, from out of the region, are coming after him this early as well. Anything could happen from now until Signing Day 2015, but it’s said that Notre Dame has a pretty good stranglehold on recruiting of Cornell. It will be interesting to see what happens.