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.
“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.
“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.”