A visitor to Auburn last fall for the Arkansas game, Cornwell says that getting to meet the new staff and learn about the new offense was an eye-opener for him and has him strongly considering the Tigers moving forward.
"It's a great place," Cornwell says. "I love to be back. I love the area. Alabama is one of my favorite states. This coaching staff, it was really good to meet those guys. I really liked the stadium. Coach Malzahn is a really great guy and they're going to get it turned around here. I feel like they're going to compete for a National Championship."
One of the biggest draws for Cornwell when looking at Auburn is with Malzahn's offensive system. The numbers he has put up with and without Cam Newton at quarterback speak for themselves according to the 6-5, 215-pounder and while he says he's played in both pro-style and spread systems, he believes Auburn's offense is one that could get him to the next level.
"The success they've had in the last seven years is not just in the SEC," Cornwell says. "It was in the Sun Belt at Arkansas State. The reads and the film are the proof in the pudding. Everything came together. I feel like you can put almost anyone in this offense with a good arm and be successful. Coach Malzahn is going to coach them up. The character of the program at Auburn is a family. It's different than other places. There are certain places that are family-oriented and this is one of those places. I really enjoyed that.
"I've played in both," he adds of the offensive systems. "Obviously, each is going to get you to the NFL. This is a great offense to play in. You're going to get a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns. There's a great opportunity to play here. Obviously, if you come to Auburn and put up stats like this, you have a chance at the Heisman and a chance at a National Championship. This is a great opportunity."
With offers from all over the country including Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri in the SEC along with Auburn and Miami, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Washington State outside the league, Cornwell says at the moment the Tigers are a school in the mix for his commitment in early June as one of his top five schools.
An early high school graduate, he notes that he plans to make his decision before his senior season so he can concentrate on playing football. As a junior he threw for over 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012.
"I'm going to be committed by June so the chances are I'll only take one official visit," Cornwell notes. "I'll be an early enrollee so everything is kind of sped up on my part be a few months. June will be the date. I'll probably know before then, but I'll make an announcement by June."
Saying that he hopes to make another trip to Auburn this spring and possibly for the A-Day game on April 20, Cornwell notes that he's definitely eyeing the Southeastern Conference at the moment. With a good relationship with former Auburn OC Scot Loeffler at Virginia Tech and having good visits to both Alabama and Tennessee, Cornwell certainly looks like someone set on leaving home to play his college football and the SEC would be a good guess as to where he winds up.
"It's not a big problem for me," he notes on leaving home. "I took a mission trip to Africa my sophomore year so travel is not a problem. My dad has put it to me that I can be successful anywhere. I don't need to stay close to home. I really prefer the SEC to be honest. There is maybe one school out of it that I would consider because of the coach, but the SEC is where it's at. It's where national championships stay and where the best players are. That's where I feel like I need to be."