- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Quarterback David Cornwell (Jones, Okla./Jones) came out of nowhere to have an exceptional junior season and is now unquestionably one of the top in-state prospects for the Class of 2014.
Problem is, though, neither Oklahoma nor in-state power Oklahoma State have shown much interest. Cornwell camped at OU and had good contact with former OSU quarterbacks coach Todd Monken.
With Monken’s departure to become the Southern Mississippi head coach combined with little interest from OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel thus far, right now it looks like one of the state’s best prospects will have to look elsewhere.
Thankfully for Cornwell, that won’t be a problem. Cornwell, who is 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, has offers from Indiana and Auburn and is seeing interest from several Pac-12 and SEC schools.
With still a more than a year to go until signing day, Cornwell released his current top five via text message Sunday afternoon: Alabama, UCLA, Arkansas, Michigan and the Hoosiers.
Cornwell has made unofficial visits to all the campuses except for UCLA at this point. But those aren’t the only schools in the hunt.
He said he didn’t want to put these next five schools in in the mix yet because he doesn’t know enough about the coaches. However, LSU, Georgia, Texas, Oregon State and Stanford are also among his favorites.
“I’ve talked to [Texas coach] Mack Brown. I get lots of letters from LSU and will be in contact soon,” Cornwell texted. “Georgia has looked at my tape. Stanford has asked for a transcript, and Oregon State has talked with me on Facebook.”
Cornwell was 191 of 338 for 2,742 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He rushed for 755 yards and six more scores in leading Jones to the Class 3A semifinals.
OU is having its first junior day on Saturday and fellow in-state quarterbacks Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) and Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) have been invited and are expected to attend.
Cornwell still has not received an invitation.
“I’m sure they know what they are doing and know what they want,” Cornwell said. “I can’t worry about things I can’t control.”
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