Is Alabama the Favorite to Land Elite 5-Star QB David Cornwell?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMay 16, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

David Cornwell, 5-star quarterback recruit, projects to be an elite signal-caller at the college level, so naturally, Alabama is high on his interest list.

In fact, the case could be made that the Crimson Tide should be considered the favorite to land the 6'5'', 230-pound quarterback from Norman, Okla. 

Bob Przybylo of reports that Cornwell is ready to make his commitment sooner rather than later, looking to make a decision sometime in early June. He also reports that while Cornwell hasn't named an official leaderboard, it would seem as if Alabama is in good standing with the big quarterback:

It has felt like the Crimson Tide are the favorite for Cornwell. He wouldn’t list his top schools, but has made multiple trips to Tuscaloosa in the last few months. 

Cornwell does have an offer from Alabama, but he has to attend a team camp in June and have that offer approved by Nick Saban before it becomes a committable offer, according to Przybylo's report. That's not something that bothers Cornwell though, and he is planning on attending said camp, per Pryzbylo:

“They can do that,” Cornwell said. “They have that right. They’ve won three out of the last four national championships. They have elite guys. Coach Saban and Coach [Doug] Nussmeier are the best around. 

“You have the option. You don’t have to play by their rules. You can look around or commit to another school. I don’t mind the challenge. I’m going to be there.” 

As far as attitude is concerned, Cornwell's mindset seems to be right for the Crimson Tide. The same could be said for his talent too.

He has the size that will make him hard to take down even at the SEC level, and it allows him to stand tall in the pocket, observe the field and make huge throws. He has an extremely strong arm, a fundamental throwing motion and he can fit the ball into tight windows on a line.

Cornwell throws a pretty deep ball as well, and he knows when to take something off of his pass and throw for touch.

While he's not a dual-threat by any means, he still possesses enough athleticism to evade rushers in the pocket and get upfield quickly as a runner. He can also move laterally and throw off-balance and on the run.

He can do all of this at 6'5'', 235 pounds mind you, and one can only imagine what he'd be capable of in Alabama's offense—with powerful runners behind him, a huge offensive line in front of him and playmakers on the edges. 

That said, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and UCLA are all behind Alabama on Cornwell's 247Sports interest list, and he does have a good connection with Frank Beamer and VT, per Przybylo:

But a school that was among the first to offer was Virginia Tech. Cornwell said he has developed a strong bond with Frank Beamer’s staff, but he has yet to see the campus. 

“I need to get out there and see the campus,” Cornwell said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things. I’m confident they’re going to turn things around this season and go to another major bowl game.” 

Still, all 15 experts on Cornwell's 247Sports Crystal Ball have predicted Alabama, and it's hard not to see the potential Cornwell would have as a quarterback for the Crimson Tide.

Perhaps Cornwell won't admit it, but it sure seems like Alabama is the favorite for his commitment. At the very least, it would be safe to call him a Crimson Tide lean.

Whatever you want to consider, just know that 'Bama is in the running for yet another elite commitment.


Note: All scouting and analysis of Cornwell done via tape study of the videos provided on his 247Sports profile page.

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