ESPN’s No. 1-rated pocket passer nationally, David Cornwell, has made his decision, and it is a case of the rich getting far richer. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Norman, Okla. officially committed to Nick Saban and the University of Alabama on Friday.
Cornwell is the No. 24-overall player on the ESPN150 and is purely known for the strength and accuracy of his right arm.
“I had a lot of contemplation and the meeting with coach Saban went 10 times better than I thought it would,” Cornwell said. “We were in his office and talked about everything. I told him, ‘I’m ready to wrap this up if you are.’
“We went down the hall and the other coaches were dancing and were happy. I was really happy.”
Despite Cornwell’s elite ranking, Saban was not drooling at his parents’ doorstep for his commitment. The now-legendary coach has proven that he can basically win a national championship with manageable quarterback play. He has a process in place, and he felt he needed to evaluate Cornwell personally before offering him a full ride.
The prep superstar reports that he was more than alright with that.
“I know they have their system, and I’m not going to be that recruit that interrupts that,” Cornwell said after the camp. “Whatever coach Saban says, goes.”
“He’s a good man. He’s a great coach. It was a great meeting with him and shaking his hand in person,” Cornwell said. “I was kind of already there [thinking about committing], but after the meeting, he convinced me and pushed me over the edge. I’m so excited about the opportunity.”
The 11th commitment for the 2014 Alabama recruiting class is also the highest-rated passer to decide to play in Tuscaloosa during the Nick Saban era. Interestingly, he will be heading to campus a year older than most of the other recruits in his class. He was granted a hardship waiver by the state of Oklahoma and will be playing his fifth year of high school football in 2013.
“Absolutely crazy,” Cornwell said about the waiver process. “Not just this last week but the last month. I’m excited, though. Very excited. I feel like my life has cleared up, and I’m ready to get back to work.”
Saban is ready to see Cornwell get back to work as well.
Tide Nation, on the other hand, is excited to see if Cornwell is the next in a long line of national championship Alabama quarterbacks.