Cornwell Excited To Be Elite 11 Quarterback

Former NFL quarterback and head coach of the Elite 11 program Trent Dilfer told the quarterbacks gathered on Saturday that he had not seen the spark or the passion out of any of them that his staff was looking for in a finalist for Elite 11 quarterback. Dilfer saw it on Sunday as the weekend in North Texas continued at the Nike NFTC held in the beautiful Allen High School Stadium and facilities.

The quarterbacks were more boisterous and were running around and congratulating receivers after catches. One of those that was bouncing around pretty good and throwing the ball well was Norman (North), Oklahoma quarterback David Cornwell, who guided Jones High School last season deep into the Oklahoma Class 3A playoffs.

Cornwell has a lot of pride and like most of the players on Saturday took the critique hard and took steps to correct it.

"You have to keep working every day because you never know, it could have been a test," said Cornwell after the competition on Sunday while 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."

The competition at Elite 11 was perhaps a little faulty because of a lack of receivers, forcing camp coaches into running some routes. It was better on Sunday but nothing substitutes for what a prospect does in real football games.

Cornwell, while he passes the eye test at 6-5, 220 pounds, also passes the test on tape with both his throwing ability, mobility and leadership. Last season at Jones High School he completed 191-of-338 passes for 2,742 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Cornwell also ran for 755 yards last season.

Coaches will want to see that production on video but they will also enjoy hearing of the competition last weekend. Cornwell said the quality of competition was really strong and it does help in your development.

"It's great and you can get ranked and stuff, but until you get out at one of these you just don't know," Cornwell said. "Obviously, I have confidence inside of me to go against the best DB with the best receiver and put it on them, complete a pass. It is great to do that and prepare me for the UnderArmour All-American Game. It teaches me to go out and compete when the screws are tight."

As for recruiting, Cornwell gives some indication that he is narrowing his list down but is not making that process public. He has offers from Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee, and others with more surely to come.

"You obviously want to get out to schools and you have to manage it," Cornwell explained. "I have a top four in mind, but it is obviously open. I'm trying to get a top five, but I'm not going to release it. I have a top four with another school trying to drop in there. I cannot go (visit) every week. That is just not going to work.

"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."

His schedule has certainly picked up some now as he will be in Oregon in June as Nike brings in the Elite 11 quarterback camp to combine with The Opening, which will be in its second year on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore.

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