Jashon Cornell, a 5-star outside linebacker in the class of 2015, goes to a high school known for its pipeline to Notre Dame, but don't be so quick to jump to conclusions about where he will end up.
While Notre Dame is listed as the one and only "warm interest" on Cornell's 247Sports interest list, the 6'4'', 245-pound linebacker still seems open to other possibilities.
Located in Saint Paul Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall High School has sent a multitude of recruits to Notre Dame, including former star wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Other former Cretin-Derham players who have committed to the Fighting Irish include running back Rashon Powers-Neal, tight end Marcus Freeman and offensive linemen Matt Carufel and Ryan Harris.
The latest Cretin-Derham recruit to follow the pipeline to Notre Dame was 2013 4-star wide receiver James Onwualu, so it's quite obvious that the connection between the two schools is strong.
In a recent phone interview with Bleacher Report, Cornell opened up about the pipeline.
"Everybody goes to Notre Dame. That was the first camp I went to as a freshman, just because James Onuwalu took me down there. I went down there with him just to check it out, to get my name out there for the first time. Everybody thinks I'll go there just because people from my school went there and just because of the pipeline."
He went on to explain that the pipeline did mean a lot, but Notre Dame is not elevated in his mind because of that, saying, "It's [Notre Dame] the same as most of my other schools."
If not Notre Dame, then which schools are standing out for Cornell?
"Right now all the schools are in it," he said, "but I've been getting a lot of love from USC, Michigan, Ohio State. Most of the Big Ten schools."
As far as visits are concerned, Cornell mentioned that he'd like to go back to Iowa (he visited in 2011, according to his 247Sports timeline), and he's planning on heading to Florida to visit the Gators, Florida State and USF. He also wants to go to ''Friday Night Lights'' at Ohio State.
What's he looking for in a program?
"I'm just going through the process of checking out all the coaches," Cornell said. "Seeing what they're about and what their program is about, and how I would fit in their scheme.
"The thing I'm looking for the most is education," he said. "Education is the most important thing in my family. I'm looking for one of the top business schools in the country. That's what I'm probably going to major in, pre-business or pre-law, so I'm just looking for the best school that has that program."
While his desire to pursue a good education does bode well for Notre Dame, that's something that Michigan and other programs he's looking at can offer as well. Perhaps Notre Dame can find the final edge because of its pipeline to Cretin-Derham Hall.
But judging by his thoughts on the matter, it may not be a huge factor.
The good news for the Fighting Irish is that there is still time to sway Cornell. Unless a program wows him in the meantime, he's planning on committing on Signing Day, 2015.
Note: Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
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