The waiting game for five-star recruit and No. 1 pocket-passer David Cornwell (Norman, Okla. Norman North) is over as the 6-5, 235-pound rocket-armed quarterback committed to Alabama on Friday as expected.
Cornwell wanted to be with the Crimson Tide, but the question remained whether the Tide wanted him after being deliberate with their handling of him. All questions were answered after Cornwell visited Tuscaloosa Friday, one day after visiting Virginia Tech, and got the “committable offer” from Nick Saban and committed on the spot.
Cornwell joins a crowded picture at quarterback where Alabama will have a number of suitors to be AJ McCarron’s successor in 2014. Alec Morris likely enters next season as the favorite to be the starter, but don’t discount last year’s No. 3 pocket-passer Cooper Bateman and Cornwell who will enter college after playing a fifth year in high school. The advanced age for Cornwell who will turn 20 in October of his freshman season could mean he has the mental acuity to start as a freshman despite his inexperience.
The quarterback edition of musical chairs in the SEC saw another chair occupied when Georgia received a commitment Friday afternoon from four-star and one-time Alabama target Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C. Stratford). The last of the high-profile SEC targets is Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La. Parkway) who likely will choose between LSU and Auburn. Although he said Cornwell committing to Alabama wouldn’t rule the Crimson Tide out for the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback.
Cornwell threw for 2,724 yards and 27 touchdowns to eight interceptions while adding 755 yards on the ground and six more scores. He will participate in the Elite 11 and The Opening for super elite recruits this summer as well as the Under Armour All-America game in January.