College coaches looking for talent in the state of Minnesota stop first at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul. This year they are uncovering a budding class of 2015 star in defensive end Jashon Cornell.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cornell made his varsity debut earlier this season with a five-sack performance in Cretin-Derham Hall's season opener. He is up to 13 sacks through six games and is making a name early in his high school career.
"At first I was kind of surprised at how well I was doing just because it was my first start as a sophomore," Cornell said. "As the season kept on going I got confidence and now I am ready for the rest of the year."
The buzz on Cornell started even before he suited up for his first varsity start. College teams have quickly taken notice, and Cornell is already starting to make game visits. He was down in Iowa this past weekend to see the Hawkeyes play Minnesota and was recognized by their coaching staff.
"The d-line coach knew who I was. They told me that they want guys like me down there," Cornell said. "The atmosphere down there was really good. You can tell that is a big football school."
Prior to his visit to Iowa, Cornell took him Minnesota's home game against New Hampshire last month and has interest in the home-state school.
"There is interest there knowing that I would be close to home and close to my parents," Cornell said.
Notre Dame is usually a factor for CDH prospects, and currently has a commitment from Cornell's teammate, athlete James Onwualu. The Irish have caught the attention of Cornell early.
"They was big growing up," Cornell said. "I played with James in little league football, so I always looked up to him. I went down there this summer for a football camp and I am supposed to go down for the Soldier Field game this week."
Cornell said he would also like to hear from Michigan and SEC schools. If he continues the play he has shown early in his career, interest will be coming in from around the country.