Cornwell Impresses At Nike Camp

ALLEN, Texas - There were close to 350 high school football prospects, mostly seniors and some juniors, showing off their talents Sunday in a football showcase with the new Allen High School Football Stadium playing host to the Nike Football Training Camp (Southwest edition).

If college coaches were allowed to attend the event it would be an absolute tug-of-war as the Scout team of reporters (including your's truly of were thoroughly impressed with the talent.

The talk among the Scout crew, which consisted of national recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy and Greg Powers and southwest reporters Ahmard Vital, Erin Hartigan and Annabel Stephan, was this class included more talent than in recent classes.

Count me in as it was an impressive group to watch as the prospects went through Nike Sparq testing, including 40-yard sprints, position drills, half pass skeleton (7-on-7 cut in half), lineman challenge, and one-on-one competition.

When it was over Norman North quarterback David Cornwell, who completed 191-of-338 passes for 2,742 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions while also rushing for 755 yards last season at Jones High School, was one of the big winners.

He was chosen by former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and the Elite 11 staff as the QB MVP of the day and a ticket to the Elite 11 competition, which this year will be held in combination with Nike's The Opening in June on the Nike campus in Oregon.

Cornwell is 6-5, 215 pounds and has a myriad of scholarship offers ranging from Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Tennessee.

"You have to keep working every day because you never know, it could have been a test," said Cornwell after the competition and holding his MVP Award and ticket to the National Elite 11 competition. "I was going to come out and keep working. I still have to work for Elite 11, you know. I have to keep working every day and stay humble."

Cornwell said his intention is to make a visit to Oklahoma State soon.

"I know Oklahoma State is close, just a 90-minute drive (from Norman where his family now lives). That is something that I am going to try and work in," added Cornwell, who said he has not narrowed his college choices as of yet.

Foster Sawyer, one of Oklahoma State's major quarterback targets, competed in the Elite 11 camp on Saturday and by all accounts did well. But the Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal standout was not at NFTC on Sunday as he reportedly has a slight turf toe.

Dallas First Baptist quarterback Max Partlo was in attendance, and was a standout on Saturday and Sunday is New Orleans Archbishop Shaw quarterback Quentin Gibson, who we spoke to and will have more on later this week.

The other MVPs, all of who will head to The Opening at Nike in June included Beaumont Ozen defensive back Tony Brown, who told us he is no longer considering Oklahoma State based on track and field.

Others were SPARQ champion and North Little Rock, Ark., defensive back Kavin Alexander, who had the second highest score ever recorded in one of Nike's NFTC events; Coppell defensive end Solomon Thomas, who has been offered by Oklahoma State and a bunch of other schools and at 6-3, 250 is a load, and Matthew Adams of Fort Bend Hightower near Houston was the MVP at linebacker.

In addition, Texas commitment Lorenzo Joe of Abilene Cooper High School was the wide receiver MVP, and he was truly a standout in the competition; running back London Mardre has offers from the likes of Boston College, North Carolina and Kansas and came a long way to earn his award as he plays at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nacogdoches center Jacob Bragg, who is 6-3, 300 and a solid lineman, earned the offensive line MVP.

There were a lot of prospects that Oklahoma State has offered that were in attendance and looked good such as defensive backs Cedric Dale and Arrion Springs, wide receiver K.D. Cannon of Mount Pleasant, and offensive linemen Ty Barrett of Dallas Skyline.

We also found and spoke to a number of sleepers like Quentin Gibson, defensive back Camyron Brown of new Missouri City (Texas) school Ridge Point, and Clay Matthew's look-a-like linebacker Tim Quickel out of North Little Rock, Ark.

We digested a lot of material and will be feeding it back this week in between spring practice reports. Plus, you can catch all the video interviews, highlights, photos and stories collected by the massive Scout crew on hand in the Dallas area this weekend.

(Note: Scout is also expected to have results from the NFTC soon, and we will make those available to subscribers as they become available.)

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