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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.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 29, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Jones' David Cornwell throws a pass during the high school playoff game between Jones and Blanchard at Putnam City High School,  Saturday,Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Jones' David Cornwell throws a pass during the high school playoff game between Jones and Blanchard at Putnam City High School, Saturday,Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I really miss a lot of my friends there,” Cornwell said. “That was a family to me. I love everyone at Jones. They understand my parents and understand my situation. I told them when we decided to move, ‘Please don't be mad.'”

Even though he misses Jones, Cornwell said he's fit in well at Norman North so far.

“They're really excited for me to be there,” he said. “I already have some good friends over here and I've already had guys offer to help me move.”

Cornwell has taken or will soon take recruiting trips to Alabama, Michigan, Indiana and UCLA.

His Alabama trip last week included a meeting with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

“He's a totally different guy that what you see on TV,” Cornwell said. “He's really nice and takes care of his boys. He also really stresses academics. They're one of the programs in the NCAA that does everything right.”

He's been visited at school by programs including Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington State in the last week.

Cornwell said he wasn't too concerned about OU's lack of involvement before co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel's stop at Norman North last week.

“I didn't see it as a finally thing,” Cornwell said. “I knew they'd come in. It's another great team to add to my top 10 or even top five. I'm really honored to talk to another team of their caliber. It'd be a great place to play.”

Cornwell doesn't expect a long, drawn-out recruitment either way.

“I definitely want to make my decision by June,” Cornwell said. “I want to have it figured out pretty quick.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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