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Alabama Crimson Tide Close to David Cornwell Commitment?

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The quarterback puzzle pieces across the SEC are coming together as a few quarterbacks have recently committed, but the big fish on the market remains David Cornwell (Norman, Okla. Norman North) who I believe is a lock for Alabama.

Cornwell has made no secret about his desire to be the next great Crimson Tide quarterback, but Alabama has held firm and prevented his commitment until Nick Saban could see the 6-foot-5, 235-pound five-star prospect throw in person. He had an offer Mar. 1, but it was not a “committable offer”, But after camping in the first week of June and throwing for Saban, that committable offer could come as soon by June 15.

Cornwell wants Alabama, but does Alabama want Cornwell? That is the million-dollar question at the moment. If they choose to go in another direction it could be four-star Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga. Pierce County) or Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C. Stratford) although I think he’s headed elsewhere. Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La. Parkway) is also an intriguing option, but like Park think he’s headed to another SEC school.

Harris is a familiar name to those that follow Alabama recruiting after camping in Tuscaloosa each of the past two summers and attending their Junior Day. He also took an unofficial visit for the Western Kentucky game last season.

The consensus is that Cornwell is the better prospect according to various recruiting and scouting services, so it should appear that Cornwell over Harris would be a slam-dunk decision, but that hasn’t been the case. If Alabama passes on Cornwell I think Tennessee shoots to the top of his list and if they take him I think Harris looks to Mississippi State.

My prediction: Cornwell gets the offer he wants from Alabama and commits faster than Usain Bolt running the 100 meters.

Cornwell threw for 2,724 yards and 27 touchdowns to eight interceptions while adding 755 yards on the ground and six more scores.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.