SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall outside linebacker/defensive end Jashon Cornell was the last five-star to arrive at the Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy, getting to the Detroit area on Thursday evening.
2015 five-star Jashon Cornell got a chance to spend time with the coaching staffs of Michigan and Ohio State while at the Sound Mind Sound Body Showcase on Friday.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cornell was ready to go on Friday, battling a tight back to still dominate the 1-on-1 portion of the camp.
Cornell also felt a lot of love from the coaches at the camp, specifically mentioning Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and Ohio State assistant Mike Vrabel. Both the Wolverines and Buckeyes have offered, as have the likes of California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
While in the area, Cornell said he hoped to visit both Michigan and Michigan State. On June 22, he plans to be in the Sunshine State.
“I think I’m hitting all the Florida schools,” Cornell said.
Cornell says he remains in contact with most of the schools that have offered.
“At this moment, all the coaches are showing me a lot of love right now,” he said. “All the Big Ten schools. “Coach Vrabel, the coaches from Michigan, Coach (Larry) Johnson from Penn State and Coach (Eric) Johnson from Iowa. Coach (Mike) Elston and Coach (Chuck) Martin from Notre Dame.”
Cornell has also seen attention come from quite a few head coaches.
“Coach (Lane) Kiffin, Coach Hoke and Coach (Urban) Meyer from Ohio State,” Cornell said of who’s in regular touch. “Penn State and Iowa too. Everybody has been showing me a lot of love.”
Five-star Marshon Lattimore is a natural at the CB position.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 18 prospect overall by 247Sports, Cornell thinks Ole Miss could be next to offer.
Seniors That Shined
Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville five-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore continues to make it look easy like a Sunday morning. Very smooth in flipping his hips and running, the 6-foot, 185-pound Lattimore had his way with receivers.
Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Top247 safety Erick Smith is fluid, tall, covers a lot of ground and is also coachable, working well with the staff at the event.
Penn State quarterback commit Michael O'Connor shined above the rest at his position. The four-star prospect gets the ball out quickly and accurately, and was clicking on all cylinders from the first rep. He was dropping it in the basket on deep routes and splitting the numbers on out routes.
Michigan receiver commit Maurice Ways looks ready to suit up for the Wolverines in this year’s season opener. Standing in at 6-foot-4, 197-pounds, the Detroit (Mich.) Country Day standout was a late edition to the camp, and was physical nightmare for cornerbacks trying to check him.
Penn State linebacker commit Jared Wangler showed good speed and strong cover ability against the running backs in 1-on-1s.
Michigan State tight end commit Matt Sokol plays quarterback during the fall but you wouldn’t know it watching him in this type of setting. A nice route runner with sure hands that also gets off press coverage.
Tranquill's performance earned him offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Western Michigan. Michigan and Ohio State staffs watched closely.
Clarkston (Mich.) High defensive tackle David Beedle played better and seemed to get stronger as the day went on. A fundamentally sound football player that is consistent and goes to the whistle. Michigan State got a good look at him on Saturday and he remains in the mix to get an offer.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll linebacker prospect Drue Tranquill added three offers with his performance from Indiana, Minnesota and Western Michigan. Working out at safety at the event, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Tranquill more than holds his own at the position. Take that same skill set to the linebacker position along with his physical tools, and Tranquill may be a special player. Tranquill will camp at Northwestern on Sunday, Wisconsin on Tuesday and Notre Dame next Friday.
Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn Top247 running back Jeff Jones was the top performer in a deep position group. The Gopher commit accelerates from linebackers and gets to the edge in a hurry.
Detroit (Mich.) King cornerback Jalen Embry plays mistake free football. Very competitive and made several nice plays during 1-on-1s.
Should Be Mentioned… Minnesota products in offensive tackle Frank Ragnow and defensive tackle Preston Woods were solid. …Lapeer (Mich.) East linebacker prospect Kyle Rachwal showed well as he prepares for Michigan State’s camp on Sunday. …Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville running back Devine Redding continues to impress with his powerful running style. …Canadian quarterback Chris Merchant impressed the Buffalo coaching staff and could be close to an offer. …Berrien Springs (Mich.) High offensive lineman Nick Padla bends well, shuffles his feet excellent and did a nice job of keeping the defensive linemen in front of him. …Southfield (Mich.) High receiver Jordan Billingslea has major quicks and really strong hands. Bowling Green gave him an offer after watching him. …Toledo quarterback commit Travis Smith is looking like a steal for the Rockets. He matched O’Connor throw for throw for most of the day. …Fort Wayne (Ind.) South Side defensive end Nathan Braster did not lose a rep in 1-on-1s. ...Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Giovanni Rescigno won the skills competition for quarterbacks on Thursday and came back on Friday and delivered another strong performance. A few of the MAC programs in attendance were watching him closely.
2015 Notes & Standouts
Cornell wasn’t the only touted standout in the junior class.
-Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage receiver/cornerback Brian Cole backed up his early ranking as the top prospect in the state of Michigan. Working on offense, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Cole showed burst and speed, blowing right by the corners that were trying to check him. Holding early offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee, Cole plans to be in East Lansing on Sunday and Ann Arbor on Tuesday. He also plans to visit Tennessee in the middle of July. The Cole camp reports strong relationships with Fred Jackson of Michigan, Harlon Barnett of Michigan State, Kerry Coombs at Ohio State and Steve Stripling at Tennessee.
Top247 OT Kyonta Stallworth was dominant in 1-on-1s.
-Canton (Ohio) McKinley Top100 athlete athlete Eric Glover-Williams was one of the fastest players on the field on Friday. He went through drills with the defensive backs and was as fluid as one could be. Taking reps at receiver, like Cole, he blew by the coverage. Glover-Williams will also be at Michigan on Tuesday and Ohio State on June 21. He also plans to be at the Buckeyes Friday Night Lights camp scheduled for July 26.
Also putting on a show in the 2015 class… Anaheim (Calif.) Servite Top247 receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound playmaker scored his first offer from Illinois while showing out in front of the Illini staff. Michigan and Ohio State also pulled him aside afterwards.
Saint Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake Top247 offensive tackle Kyonta Stallworth was the top overall offensive linemen on the day. Was dominant from the left tackle position, moving well laterally, delivering a strong punch and showing the ability to bend. Florida and UCLA both have extended an early offer, and Michigan State could join the mix on Sunday when he visits East Lansing.
Culver City (Calif.) High Top247 receiver Stanley Norman worked at defensive back at this event and had the sickest interception of the day. Alongside the likes of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville 2014 standouts in five-star Marshon Lattimore and Top247 safety Erick Smith, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Norman was among the quickest defensive backs on the field. UCLA, Utah and Washington State are among those that have offered. The Cincinnati camp at the staff came away very impressed and could be close to offering. Michigan will also have a keen eye on him during the final day of the camp on Saturday.
Soutfield (Mich.) High receiver Ray Buford is long and showed good leaping ability and ball skills. The 6-foot, 170-pound junior-to-be is being recruited by Michigan and Ohio State as a defensive back. Toledo offered following the day’s work, joining Eastern Michigan.
Oak Park (Mich.) High athlete John Kelly stood out in a deep running back group. He was tough cover for linebackers and makes plays in space.
Couple more to note… Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek rising junior Javonte Lain had a nice blend of size and speed. …Southfield (Mich.) High linebacker Armani Davis is on the shorter side, but he’s really filled out and had a strong day. …Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian quarterback Jon Wassink is a strong-armed kid that was in the upper-echelon of quarterbacks at this event. …Another signal-caller that just made completion after completion and is a bonafide Division-I prospect is Troy (Mich.) Athens’ Alex Mussat. …Clarkston (Mich.) High tight end Cole Chewins is a big target with soft hands. Had a nice grab in 1-on-1s. …Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll safety Justin Tranquill is a fast safety prospect with cover ability.
The Youngsters Begin Building Reps
2016s and younger…
Running backs Matthew Falcon of Southfield (Mich.) High and Brison White of Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall have all the makings to be special. Falcon had his way with linebackers during 1-on-1 and already looks like the total package. He may have been the biggest running back out there and he is skilled to boot. White is one quick move and by the linebacker with the football in his hands. Also physically impressive, it won’t be long until these two are sifting through several offers. Falcon recently camped at Ohio State and will be at Michigan State on Sunday and Michigan on Tuesday.
The Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech pipeline continues to look strong led by cornerback Lavert Hill.
Playing with the feel of a junior, in a three-play stretch he had one interception and two pass breakups. The younger brother of Michigan class-of-2013 four-star safety signee Delano Hill, the Technicians coaching staff feels Lavert may be even better.
Dallas (Texas) Highland Park 2017 quarterback Lindell Stone was asked to make a variety of throws by Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, and he could make them all. Easy to see why Stone has an early offer from UCLA, and outside of O’Connor, he was arguably the second best quarterback talent on-hand.
Speaking of young talented quarterbacks, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers 2016 Noah Wezensky has the look of a potential national recruit. His teammate and classmate receiver Austin Mack recently landed his first offer from Indiana and made a tone of plays during 1-on-1s.
Patrice Rene of St. Peter High in Canada is a good-looking 2016 corner with a long frame. He was physical during 1-on-1s making it very difficult for receivers to get off the line of scrimmage.
-Michigan Top247 defensive end commit Lawrence Marshall did not work out, watching the event decked out in Wolverine gear.
-LSU five-star safety Edward Paris did not make it to the showcase.
Wolverine247 Insider Steve Lorenz and Spartan Tailgate Insider Sean Scherer contributed to this report