“When I met with Coach (Nick) Saban, that's when I made my decision,” Cornwell said. “He's a great guy and that's where I felt like I fit in.”
It was the end of a whirlwind week for Cornwell, who also found out he was eligible to play his senior season with the Timberwolves a few days earlier.
Cornwell chose the Crimson Tide over the Hokies and Tennessee.
He will take a summer course and then plans on graduating in December and enrolling at Alabama in January.
HERITAGE HALL STRONG ON 7-ON-7 CIRCUIT
Trips to Kansas and Arkansas have proved productive for the Heritage Hall football team that is trying to build itself back into a state championship contender.
The Chargers recently attended a team camp at Kansas State, and won the 7-on-7 tournament on the final day of the camp. And over the weekend, Heritage Hall reached the finals of the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock, Ark.
Heritage Hall was one of the smallest schools to reach the final eight, which also included Allen, Texas, and large Arkansas schools like Fayetteville and Little Rock Central, among others.
Lake Hamilton (Pearcy, Ark.) defeated the Chargers 37-28 in the finals on Saturday.
But the performance was important for a young Heritage Hall squad that will rely on several sophomores and juniors at the skill positions. Junior Matthew McLaughlin was named the event's Outstanding Receiver, while others like junior quarterback Connor McGinnis and senior T.J. Schallner also stood out.
“We just came in and played really well,” coach Andy Bogert said. “Connor threw the ball really well, just had a great day.”
Heritage Hall beat Topeka in the finals of the Kansas State tournament.
EDMOND NORTH'S HEINEN, WOOD AT WESTERN JUNIOR
Edmond North seniors-to-be Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood are in Indianapolis this week to play in the nation's oldest national junior golf tournament, the Western Junior Championship.
Heinen and Wood are the only Oklahomans in the field, which begins play Tuesday morning and concludes Friday at Meridian Hills Country Club.
Heinen was the Class 6A state runner-up in May after losing a playoff to two-time champ Max McGreevy of Edmond Santa Fe. Wood was fifth, helping the Huskies to their ninth straight team title.
Both players have verbally committed to Oklahoma State.