Cornwell is in an awkward situation. He is classified as a senior, but he is five years removed from the eighth grade. And it is against the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules to have a fifth-year player unless there extreme circumstances are involved.
He was hoping to receive good news by now, but that has hardly been the case. A special OSSAA board meeting has been scheduled for June 12 if the matter has not been resolved by then.
The problem dates back to the 2011-12 school year when Cornwell and his family moved to Florida. Cornwell was home-schooled by his mother, who was fighting a health condition. He did not attend an actual school or play football that year. His family later moved to Oklahoma, where he is now dealing with an issue that may cost him the most important year of his football career.
Cornwell is a 5-star recruit and considered the top pro-style quarterback of the 2014 class by 247Sports. He has offers from plenty of powerhouse programs and has already made unofficial visits to Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma and Auburn, among others.
He has been invited to numerous football camps and has future visits scheduled with Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech, as he hopes to make a decision in the near future.
As for his high school career, Cornwell told ESPN that he is confident that he will be declared eligible to play his senior season.
“I can't comment, other than to say that I believe we meet the criteria and I expect a positive decision on my eligibility soon,” Cornwell said.
Until then, all anybody can do is wait.
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