Ohio State picked up a huge commitment from St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell. They were trailing in the race to land his commitment until just about a month ago, when he was blown away on his first ever visit to Ohio State's Columbus campus.
The state of Minnesota's top player has the chance to be a very good one for the Buckeyes. He already has the frame of a college defensive linemen, which is a huge plus.
Cornell is also a very solid pass rusher and has a chance to make a huge impact rushing the quarterback from day one in Columbus. He has the ability to stop the run and also to stay on the field all three downs, though that may need be needed with Larry Johnson's deep defensive line rotation.
I think Cornell has a very good chance of seeing early playing time as long as he performs well in fall camp next year.
Here's what Land-Grant Holy Land football analyst Christopher Jason had to say about the newest Buckeye defensive end commitment:
Jashon Cornell has the size and physical attributes to be an early contributor at Ohio State. Standing at 6'4, 260 pounds, Cornell already has a Power 5 conference-level body type that will allow him to be a complete defensive end at Ohio State.
When rushing the passer, Cornell possesses a lightning-quick first step which allows him to get around the opposing offensive tackle easily. He has a good bend when coming off of the edge and he always keeps his outside shoulder free. With his elite power and size, he uses the bull-rush technique often, to power the opposing lineman into the backfield.
Against the run, Cornell shoots out of his stance and does a good job at delivering an initial blow to the opposing lineman to get him off balance. With such a size, power and strength advantage, it is tough to judge his ability against the run until he plays against similar competition. He possesses solid play recognition skills and overall, he does an excellent job against the run.
Thus, Cornell is an every down defensive end who will be a terror to game-plan against for opposing coordinators. He has a great motor and he is always around the ball. Cornell is an excellent commit for the Buckeyes and he will be a fan favorite in Columbus from the day he steps on campus.
Cornell told me a couple of days ago that he's definitely going to be recruiting for the school he commits to, so I expect him to start pitching Ohio State to the 2015 class right away. He also told me a few days ago that he was going to visit Penn State and probably Michigan State later this month, though I wouldn't bank on those visits going down.
There are now two defensive ends in this recruiting class in Cornell and Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius defensive end Dre'Mont Jones. I think the Buckeyes could be done at the position for this class, though they're likely to chase Josh Sweat all the way to National Signing Day 2015.