How Alabama commitment David Cornwell became a top quarterback prospect

Not long before his family moved to Jones from Florida in early 2012, David Cornwell started working out with former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Joe Dickinson. That's when the Norman North QB said he started turning the corner.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 20, 2013

Getting on the plane heading back from Alabama after he committed to the Crimson Tide, Norman North quarterback David Cornwell was ready to relax.

That didn't last long.

On the plane, the passenger behind Cornwell stood up and wanted to shake his hand and congratulate him on his decision.

“It's never going to sleep,” Cornwell said of the attention that goes along with being one of the most high-profile prospects in the country. “It's going to be here year-round but I'm ready to attack it.

“That's the life I've been born into so I've got to embrace it.”

Physically, at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Cornwell certainly looks like he was born for the part.

But much more than that went into it.

Not long before his family moved to Jones from Florida in early 2012, Cornwell started working out with former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Joe Dickinson.

That's when Cornwell said he started turning the corner from a physically impressive yet extremely raw quarterback to one who would eventually draw the eye of the top football program in the nation.

“A lot of hard work went into it,” Cornwell said. “A lot of times, no one cares if you're out there but you've got to keep at it until you get there and they do care and once you get there, you can't let it go to your head. You've still got to work like the guy who was unranked and always stay focused and working toward your next goal.”

Cornwell, who moved from Jones to Norman North after last season, credits his parents with giving him the initial push in the sport. Cornwell embraced that after a series of workouts during late 2011 that left him with a sore arm, bloody feet and sometimes questioning whether it was all worth it.

“Your parents are always pushing you — ‘Yeah, you're the next Derek Jeter' or something like that,” Cornwell said. “It started out like that and then my coaches kind of asked me, ‘Do you really want this?' When it came down to it with those workouts, that's when you really learn.”

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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