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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star DE Jashon Cornell

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 12, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star DE Jashon Cornell

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    Jashon Cornell is a talented defensive end from the Midwest who has a lot to offer a college program. Cornell's combination of size and quickness has helped him become a 5-star prospect.

    Wanted by every major program in college football, Cornell is one of the top players in the 2015 class. It will be interesting not only tracking his recruitment, but also evaluating his growth as a player through next February.

    Cornell warrants a more in-depth look.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Jashon Cornell?

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    Cornell is a stud defensive end who plays for Minnesota powerhouse Cretin-Derham Hall.

    The program has produced players such as Arizona Cardinals and former Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who once was an elite quarterback prospect during his time at the school.

    Cornell has been a productive player for the Raiders, totaling 52 tackles, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2012, according to 247Sports. Last fall, he had 70 tackles, 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and one of his three fumble recoveries went for a touchdown.

    Cornell is 30th in the 247Sports composite rankings, 40th in the Scout 300 and 87th in the Rivals 250.

Jashon Cornell's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'4" and 270 pounds, Cornell has added more bulk to his frame since the end of last season, as he was listed around 245 pounds as a junior.

    Cornell is a similar player to what Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards was when he was in high school. Cornell shows great first-step quickness to jump on top of tackles at the snap, which allows him to crash hard off the edge.

    He has enough athleticism to bend around blockers, plus he is capable of converting speed to power as a rusher. The Minnesota native also uses his short-area quickness to re-direct and shoot inside when rushing the passer. 

    Against the run, Cornell plays with good strength and a heavy-handed punch to set the edge at the point of attack. He does a good job of quickly locating the football before fighting his way through blocks to get free. 

    Cornell's ability to surge and close sharply on the ball while in pursuit is another impressive trait he has. With his combination of strength, size and quickness, he's capable of moving inside to rush the passer from the defensive tackle position in sub-packages. 

Jashon Cornell's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    While Cornell does play with solid leverage and technique, he could stand to add more moves to his pass-rush plan and arsenal. 

    Improving his hand-quickness to counter offensive linemen, as well as becoming better at setting up blockers several snaps before executing his preferred move/plan is something Cornell needs to improve upon and learn. 

Highlights of Jashon Cornell

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    The above clip is a highlight reel of Cornell terrorizing offenses for nearly four minutes. He shows good toughness and physicality throughout the clip.

More Highlights of Jashon Cornell

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    This clip is just some additional highlights of Cornell rushing the passer and stopping the run. He hunts well in pursuit and even scores a touchdown.

Predictions

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    Cornell has a wide range of offers, as schools such as Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Michigan and Stanford have offered him a scholarship, according to 247Sports.

    The schools to keep an eye on here are Michigan and Notre Dame, with the prediction being Cornell will sign with one of those two juggernauts.

    As a player, Cornell will be ready to play and contribute as a true freshman. He will not be redshirted, and he'll also see a good amount of action at defensive tackle in college.

    Mike Farrell of Rivals.com (subscription required) said on Feb. 21:

    The defensive end from Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Durham Hall is one of the top prospects in the country and perhaps the prospect who has the biggest rankings discrepancy across the industry right now.

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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