Jashon Cornell is one of the top defensive ends in the 2015 college football recruiting class who is uncommitted. Where will the end out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School (St. Paul, Minn.) decide to go to school?
My bet is that he will pick the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, because they have had a good success rate with students out of the St. Paul area in the past. Local schools such as Michigan State and Minnesota will have a shot here too, but it likely depends on how important football pedigree is to Cornell or if it is more about location. My bet is still on the happy medium of Notre Dame, because it is just far enough from home to feel like going away to school, while also being close enough for his family to possibly attend home games.
The Oregon Ducks could have a shot here as well though, and they should be a fun sleeper school to keep an eye on.
According to 24/7 Sports, Cornell will make his decision by August of this summer, and so we should have an answer before he begins his senior season of football.
As a 250-pound junior, Cornell played both linebacker and defensive end; he finished the season with 70 tackles, 15 sacks and two forced fumbles. That is not too shabby, and we should look for him to have an even bigger impact next year. He has great size for his position, which allows him to bend the offensive line backwards when he can find the right angle.
The Irish would be lucky to have him.