Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive line coach Larry Johnson during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Ohio State Football Recruiting: Jashon Cornell calls Larry Johnson the difference-maker in his decision

The Ohio State Buckeyes had a huge recruiting day on Wednesday with the commitment of two five-star defensive standouts in linebacker Justin Hilliard and defensive end Jashon Cornell.

While the two did become friends a few years ago, these were individual life decisions these young men made, and as far as Cornell’s concerned, he has one man that he wanted to specifically credit for helping him make up his mind–and that’s first-year assistant Larry Johnson.

“I believe it was coach Larry Johnson [who made the biggest difference], just the relationship I built with him,” Cornell said after announcing his decision. “I know he’s one of top defensive line coaches in college football today. It’s just his resume and what he has, I think he can make me become a great player.”

When Urban Meyere hired Johnson from the Penn State Nittany Lions, we knew that he was going to pay dividends on the recruiting trail, just as he did at Happy Valley for so many years, and a commitment from someone the caliber of Cornell is apparently evidence of just how valuable Coach Johnson is.

For so many years, Johnson went from home to home, selling families on the Penn State program, and man are we glad he’s now selling the Buckeyes’ system.


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