This blog was written for Canespace by UMike...
I recently had a chance to chat via email with Hurricane recruit LB Tyrone Cornelius and he agreed to a brief interview for Canespace. Cornelius attended Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA which is northeast of Atlanta.
He was recruited by UM coaches Wesley McGriff and Michael Barrow and was considered a huge get for the Hurricanes. In fact, you could say that Miami "stole" him from the Florida Gators, Auburn Tigers and ACC rival Georgia Tech among others. Don't believe me? Then read this quote from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:
He was the #38th rated OLB in the Country and #55th rated overall player from the State of Georgia according to Rivals.com. Scout had him rated at the 26th best OLB of the 2010 class.
The speedy Cornelius is listed at 6'2" and 190 pounds but says he now weighs 200 and hopes to report to UM at around 205. His 40 yard dash time depends on who you ask. Tyrone claims to have run a personal best of 4.38, while each of the major recruiting sites list three different times ranging from 4.4 to 4.6 speed. They list his strengths as "Foot Quickness, Hitting Ability and Tackling Technique" and his weaknesses as "Strength and Shedding Blocks."
Scout had this to say about the Peach State product: "Cornileus is an athlete that could play outside linebacker or strong safety in college. He has good quickness, but is a little light to play inside the box on a regular basis. He is physical, he likes to hit, and has good awareness. He needs to continue to develop physically and work on getting off blocks." - South Recruiting Manager Chad Simmons
Jorge Milian from the Palm Beach Post also had this to say: "I asked two national recruiting analysts — Jamie Newberg of Rivals.com and Scott Kennedy of Scout.com — to pick a sleeper star among UM’s list of commitments and they both picked the same guy – Tyrone Cornelius, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker from Stone Mountain, Ga. “Cornelius is intriguing because he’s raw, but he has tremendous athleticism and speed,” Newberg said. “He’s the guy that I could see developing – not next year – into a really good player.” Kennedy calls Cornelius a “tweener” who can play linebacker or safety in college. “Best-case scenario you end up with a Jon Beason,” Kennedy said."
There are more details about Cornelius at the ESPN web site (see link below) which also has video highlights of him in action:
Here is my discussion with Tyrone Cornelius...
Q: What other offers did you have besides Miami, and in the end, what was it about Miami that made you want to commit?
A: I had many offers from many big schools. Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennesee, Ole Miss, USC, South Carolina, Maryland. Back in August I was still trying to decide. When it came down to the wire it was between GT, Tennessee, and Miami. However, Florida did come in late in December and tried to make me drop my commitment, but being true to my word I kept my commitment to Miami.
Q: How was your visit to Miami?
A: My visit to Miami was amazing! I was already sold on The U but the visit made me fall in love with the school and the football program. We had lots of fun and the coaches and (my new) teammates hosted us very well.
Q: Did you get a chance to watch ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary "The U", and if so, what did you think of it?
A: After watching the documentary I learned alot about The U and grew to love it more even through all the violence and troubles the University had years and years ago. It showed me how far The U has come and all the negativity it over came.
Q: Are their any former Canes you inspire to be like, or grew up watching?
A: I intend on making my own name. But don't get me wrong though, I watch all the big time NFL players: Ray Lewis, Willis McGahee, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Johnathan Vilma, Brandon Meriweather, etc. I Just want to make it to where they are at.
Q: What is your goal entering your freshman year?
A: My goals as a freshman are to get ahead in my academics, be successful and soldify myself on the field as a potential starter if not the starter. Whatever role I play I want to be able to make a significant contribution to the team's success.