AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“I thought it was going to be bad out there, but when I took my took my visit, it wasn’t like how I expected it,” Cornell said. “It’s just a different atmosphere.” Transitioning from Southern California to the South isn’t something Cornell is worried about. “I was looking for something different, and those schools (UCLA and USC) are kind of the same to me,” Cornell said. “They don’t excite me. If I went there, it would’ve been like the thing to do. It would have been cliche. Oxford and Ole Miss, that’s like far out there and it kind of suits my interest.” Cornell is expected to compete right away for playing time at “will” linebacker, while Ole Miss returning All-American Patrick Willis occupies the middle. Landing Cornell is considered to be a coup for second-year Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron, who was formerly an assistant and heralded recruiter at USC. Bishop Amat High School linebacker Jonathan Cornell said Tuesday he will attend the University of Mississippi next season. Cornell, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, was undecided throughout much of the recruiting process. He chose Ole Miss over UCLA and USC. “It’s because they play in the SEC,” said Cornell, who lives in Azusa. “It’s a big-time conference and a lot of good players come out of there.” Cornell earned Tribune All-Area honors this past season after recording 135 tackles and four sacks. He was thought to be a near lock to attend UCLA earlier this summer, but things changed during his visit to Oxford, Miss. In addition to pulling Cornell out of Southern California, Orgeron also has received a commitment from Valencia standout quarterback Michael Herrick, giving him two of the Southland’s top prospects. The choice to go so far from home was easy for Cornell, but his parents were a completely different story. “My mom wanted me to stay local, but Coach Orgeron basically recruited her too,” said Cornell, whose sister Juanise is a standout on Amat’s girls basketball team and will attend Colorado State next season. “If my parents want to see me play, they’ll have to catch a plane. I am sure they’ll come see me.” Cornell’s decision puts an end to what’s been an exhausting process, in which he was constantly hassled by reporters and recruiting services who wanted to know of his choice. “It was way too much attention and unnecessary attention,” Cornell said. “They make you seem greater than you are. I was lied to a lot and I really don’t appreciate that. I just really didn’t like the attention.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!