July 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

Top defensive prospects Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell pick OSU over Michigan, MSU

Jashon Cornell registered 15 sacks last season for Cretin-Derham Hall. (Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Standout linebacker Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati St. Xavier on Wednesday made a verbal commitment to play for Ohio State.

Michigan was one of five finalists for Hilliard (6-2, 225), who is ranked the No. 1 linebacker in the nation for 2015 by Scout.com. But Hilliard chose the Buckeyes over the Wolverines, Alabama, Notre Dame and Iowa.

Hilliard is ranked a five- or four-star prospect by all of the major recruiting services.

Defensive end Jashon Cornell of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., also picked Ohio State on Wednesday.

Cornell, also a 2015 four- and five-star recruit, went with OSU over Michigan State, Notre Dame, Iowa and Penn State. The Spartans and Buckeyes reportedly were the top two schools on Cornellís list.

Cornell (6-3, 260) is ranked the No. 11 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.