Highly-touted 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) is all about business when it comes to his recruitment—literally.
Michigan has shown interest in Cornell and landing his talents could definitely make the Wolverine’s 2015 recruiting class one of the best in the nation.
Fresh off a campus visit to Northwestern, InsideNU.com’s Chris Johnson interviewed Cornell to get a reaction from the 6-foot-4, 255-pound end Wednesday. What Cornell walked away impressed with might surprise you.
Cornell loved Northwestern’s cool Under Armour alternate uniforms, the Wildcats’ defensive formations, and all the other stuff a high school student falls in love with when they visit college campuses.
However, he said academics are really important when deciding which college to attend, as he wants to major in business and law—something he can do at NU.
"Specifically, Cornell raved about the possibility of embarking on an internship in Chicago after his sophomore season, where a personal mentor would guide him through a trail at a business firm in the city," Johnson noted. "He frequently cited Chicago, and all its employment and diversionary opportunities, as one of the most attractive features of Northwestern—how it would allow him to pursue his academic goals while enjoying the benefits of a big city lifestyle."
It’s not every day you hear about a kid who is looking at potential internships when deciding where to play college ball.
Cornell holds offers from three Big Ten schools, including Iowa, Minnesota, and future-member Rutgers. Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC are also showing interest in the soon-to-be junior.
No matter where Cornell ends up, it’s safe to say he is already planning for his future. Should college football not work out for him, a career in business or law sound like a respectable backup plan.
Michigan has a legitmate shot at landing Cornell, but Ann Arbor is definitely not Chicago. And the Michigan job economy is definitely not kicking out flashy internships either.
Kudos to Cornell for knowing what he wants from his future school. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a high school athlete choose academics over alternate uniforms or the types of fast food restaurants located on campus.