The four-star Norman (Okla.) North quarterback and Alabama commitment kicked off the year as a targeted prospect in the area because of his status, and he was still able to often put up gaudy numbers.
However, his solid senior season ended too soon after sustaining a knee injury in early October that would end up coasting him the rest of his high school career.
Six weeks later, Cornwell is closing in on getting back to full strength in preparation for the beginning of his college career in Tuscaloosa next month.
"The knee feels great," Cornwell said. "It's been lots of rehab since the season ended."
The No. 6 QB prospect in the country on Scout.com added that what he's been through of late makes him realize that previous injuries weren't as bad as he may have once thought.
"After this, all other nagging injuries will be easy," he said. "The first week was the hardest part."
Cornwell didn't want to get into the specifics of the rehab, but Alabama still covets him as the setback never occurred. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeir, who has been on top of Cornwell's recruitment, was in Oklahoma Tuesday for an in-person visit.
"Great visit with Coach Nuss this afternoon," he said. "He just was checking in."
Nussmeier's name has been a hot one during the coaching carousel that is December in college football, but there wasn't talk of him considering the Washington vacancy with his priority recruit on Tuesday.
"He's got to do the best thing for his family, I understand that," Cornwell said. "No need to bring up other jobs."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has visited Alabama unofficially twice this fall, and he'll take in Tuscaloosa for an official visit this weekend now that the Crimson Tide doesn't have a game on the schedule.
An Under Armour All-America selection, Cornwell added that he won't be able to play in the game January 2, but will take in the week-long event anyway. He does maintain that he'll be ready to participate in Spring practice at Alabama.