High school football: David Cornwell to apply for hardship waiver
If the former Jones quarterback isn't cleared to play for Norman North next season, he plans to go to prep school then enroll in college early.
David Cornwell already might have played his final season of high school football.
The former Jones quarterback, who is now enrolled at Norman North, has to apply to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for a hardship waiver in order to play next year.
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“I think I've got pretty good odds,” Cornwell said. “Right now, it's in their hands and it's in God's hands. I can't control it and I'm not going to worry about it. Whatever happens, I'm prepared.”
Cornwell said he would likely play next season at a prep school if he is ruled ineligible at Norman North.
“I really don't want to do that,” Cornwell said. “I don't want to move again and adjust to another school.”
Either way, Cornwell expects to graduate in December and start college in January.
Cornwell transferred to Norman North at the semester break after attending Jones for a year.
Prior to moving to Jones from Florida, Cornwell spent time homeschooling as he traveled to Africa for a mission trip.
That would make next season Cornwell's fifth season since he started playing high school sports as a freshman in Nebraska.
OSSAA rules allow for a hardship granting an extra year or semester of athletic eligibility “upon sufficient proof that circumstances arose beyond the control of the student and the student's parents, such as serious and debilitating injury or illness, which prevented the student from completing academic work necessary to advance to the next grade level.”
The Cornwells had been renting in Jones.
“My dad always wanted to buy a house,” Cornwell said. “My brother is going to OU next semester and will be living with us after going to school in South Carolina last year. It just made sense for us to be in Norman.”
Cornwell threw for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns with eight interceptions last year. He also ran for 755 yards and six touchdowns.
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