Following a visit to Ohio State about a month ago, the Buckeyes emerged as the clear favorite for St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell. Today he made things official by committing to the Buckeyes. Cornell is ranked as the No. 3 weak-side defensive end and the 37th overall player in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Cornell chose the Buckeyes over four other finalists, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Penn State. The Irish likely provided the stiffest competition in the race to land his commitment.
Ohio State wasn't really considered a real threat to land Cornell until late May/early June when he made his first ever college trip to Columbus. After the visit many thought the Buckeyes had the lead and it didn't take him very long to commit to the Scarlet and Gray.
"They have Larry Johnson and Urban Meyer, who are two of the best coaches in the game right now. Larry Johnson sent seven first round draft picks to the NFL and multiple second round draft picks as well. My auntie lives 30 minutes from Columbus/Ohio State. Urban Meyer is just a great coach overall. The tradition at Ohio State is awesome," Cornell said when asked what he liked about the Buckeyes days before his college announcement.
Land-Grant Holy Land will have more on Cornell's commitment as the day progresses.
See what Cornell could bring to the Ohio State defense down the road below: