Auburn picked up a quarterback in this year’s recruiting class, Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Al. Carver), who won “Mr. Football” in the state of Alabama last year. He may not be the future at the position if the Tigers are able to land one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2014, David Cornwell (Norman, Ok. North Norman).
The 6-5, 235-pound four-star rifle-armed signal-caller is one of the more highly regarded quarterbacks in his class and 247Sports has him ranked as the No. 4 prospect at his position. They were the first to report that Auburn had extended an offer to Cornwell last October and the new coaching staff reaffirmed its offer this winter. He is being recruited by Tigers offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, and told 247Sports the offer from them, “Means a lot.”
Cornwell threw for 2,700 yards in his first year as a starter last season with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions en route to an 11-win season. After transferring to North Norman will be under a bigger spotlight and increased attention from colleges.
One of those colleges that Auburn is fairly familiar with is Alabama, where he took an unofficial visit last October and again in late January for the Crimson Tide junior day. However, they have yet to formally offer Cornwell.
When asked about a possible offer from Alabama by Bob Przybylo of ESPN.com.
“They’re a different breed right now. They’re a machine,” Cornwell said. “If they did offer, it would be tough to say no.”
And a call from Nick Saban is coming soon.
Another chapter in the great War Eagle/Roll Tide rivalry is about to be written and ignite both passionate fan bases in the pursuit of Cornwell who has said he hopes to commit this summer before the start of his senior season.
For Auburn, they’re hoping to get a victory over their hated in-state rivals on the recruiting path and hope that momentum carries over into their meeting in the regular season.
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