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High school football: David Cornwell's status still up in the air

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: June 4, 2013

Norman North's David Cornwell didn't get his eligibility case settled on Tuesday in his appeal in front of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Board of Directors.

But the highly recruited quarterback prospect remains confident he will be eligible to play next season.

After hearing new information in the case presented by Cornwell's family and its attorneys, the board voted to send the new information to the staff for re-evaluation.

OSSAA staff are likely to make a decision in the next week. If Cornwell is denied, he will appeal at a special board meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 12.

After Cornwell's family presented its case to the board, the group quickly voted to send the case back to the staff. Cornwell, his family and his attorneys met with an OSSAA staff member and outside legal counsel for about 90 minutes.

“I think it went well,” Cornwell said. “I'm confident in our case still and that it meets their criteria.

“It just may be a little bit longer.”

Cornwell is appealing for an additional semester of eligibility after missing the 2011 fall semester as his mother battled an illness.

Cornwell played for Jones last season, throwing for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns. He moved to the Norman North district in January after the family purchased a house in Norman.

Cornwell said he appreciated the outpouring of support over the last few days after he spoke publicly about his appeal.

“That shows those guys have my back,” Cornwell said. “It's been really great to see the support when I've been at the school for such a short time.”

Cornwell spent the weekend visiting Alabama. The Crimson Tide are one of several high-profile schools to extend an offer to Cornwell. Other include Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.


Three Oklahoma City-area players and three Tulsa-area players were among the 400 nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl announced Tuesday.

Cornwell, Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark and Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen were nominated for the game, which will be played Jan. 4 in San Antonio. Jenks' Steven Parker and Broken Arrow's Gyasi Akem and Devon Thomas were also nominated.

Akem and Thomas are both committed to Oklahoma State, while Hansen is committed to Oklahoma.

Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be invited to play in the game. The rosters will begin being announced in September.


Among the other agenda items on Tuesday's OSSAA board meeting were actions relating to the Oklahoma Christian School boys soccer team.

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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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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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