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Tales From the Road: Midwest

4/3/2013

Tales From the Road spotlights players who stand out to RecruitingNation writers at camps, combines and various events. Here is a look at a few Midwest prospects who recently performed at a high level:

DE Jashon Cornell

Vital stats: 
2015 / Saint Paul Cretin-Derham Hall / 6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Considering: Offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers

Where we saw him: adidas Invitational

What impressed: Cornell was a man among boys despite competing against prospects a year older than him. He has good size and good technique for his age. He explodes off the line and usually had his way with the opposing offensive linemen.

Why you should keep an eye out for him: If Cornell continues to perform at a high level throughout the rest of camp season, his recruitment going to blow up soon. He recently took a visit to USC and is planning on getting to Notre Dame and Michigan in the near future. Cornell has a chance to be one of the best defensive line prospects in the Midwest.

OL J.C. Hassenauer

Vital stats: 
2014 / Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge / 6-2, 270

Considering: Offer from Minnesota

Where we saw him: adidas Invitational

What impressed: Hassenauer isn't the tallest kid on the line, but he makes up for it with strength and technique. A coach at the event said he believes Hassenauer has the potential to be a great center at the next level, and he displayed his strengths at the event.

Why you should keep an eye out for him: Strong, smart, technically sound offensive linemen don't grow on trees and Hassenauer is just that. He can play on the interior, but is likely best suited at center. The center is typically the leader of the offensive line, so Hassenauer should get more looks as the process goes on.

DE Lawrence Marshall

Vital stats: 2014 / Southfield (Mich.) High / 6-4, 215

Considering: Offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Pitt, San Diego State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Toledo

Where we saw him: adidas Invitational

What impressed: Marshall has added some good weight since the last time we saw him. He has the frame to continue to add more bulk, but keep his speed and athleticism. He displayed good footwork in the drills and in one-on-ones showed why so many schools are after him. His first step and use of his hands stands out above the rest and helped him win his reps at the event.

Why you should keep an eye out for him: The offers aren't going to stop now, and the one-time Ohio State commit says he wants to wait to make his final decision. Marshall should have a good offseason and should see his offer list grow because of it.