Hansen vs. Cornwell highlights scrimmage

It's rare two Scout 300 QBs scrimmage against each other. It's even more rare when both are from Oklahoma like Justice Hansen and David Cornwell.

Thursday begins the scrimmage season for Oklahoma high school football, and it's starting off with a bang with perhaps the most intriguing matchup possible.

Two Scout 300 quarterbacks are going to be facing off against each other when Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe battles Norman (Okla.) North at Santa Fe.

In one corner, Oklahoma quarterback commit Justice Hansen and Edmond Santa Fe. In the other, Alabama quarterback commit David Cornwell and Norman North.

"I don't try to hype things up that often, but you're going to want to see this one Thursday," Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said.

Hansen, ranked No. 256 in the Scout 300 and No. 16 at quarterback, was OU's guy from the jump. OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel let the world know he wanted Hansen to be his quarterback for the future.

That's why it was so intriguing when just a few days before Hansen picked OU over Texas A&M that Cornwell was invited to a spring practice.

Despite playing in Oklahoma last season, Cornwell wasn't really on the radar for the Sooners. And when he started to blow up rankings with his superb camp performances, OU still didn't really budge.

The Sooners were set with Hansen, and Cornwell would have to find another outlet. Then again, it's not like that was tough for Cornwell to accept, and it's not like it was tough for Cornwell to find more suitors.

Cornwell eventually chose Alabama over Virginia Tech in June and is ranked No. 93 in the Scout 300 and No. 5 at quarterback.

"I'm so ready for this," Cornwell said.

Norman North and Edmond Santa Fe had a spirited scrimmage last year. The scrimmage was Norman North's statement to the rest of the state that it would be a factor in the championship race.

Norman North, led by eventual OU signee Jordan Evans, reached the state championship game for the first time in program history. And that was without Cornwell, who transferred from Jones (Okla.) High to Norman North in the winter.

"The way he has handled himself through all the adversity is remarkable," Norman North coach Wade Standley said.

Cornwell was in a battle with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to earn his eligibility for this season. After a stressful and exhaustive process, Cornwell was finally granted his wish in early June.

As for Hansen, his summer was the most uneventful one in ages. Locked with the Sooners, he simply just worked on little things and getting the team ready for another deep playoff run.

"You know Justice has never had problems focusing, but he looks even better than he ever has before," Manning said.

Other players to watch

Norman North TE Payton Prince: A three-star prospect committed to Tulsa, Prince has turned the corner this spring and summer. Known for his hands, he has put the time in with his weight and conditioning and is poised for a huge senior season.

Edmond Santa Fe RB Michael Farmer: A three-star prospect who has transferred from Edmond North is a huge addition to the Wolves. He decommitted from Arizona State in the summer and has recovered from his torn ACL. The question remains if he is a running back or linebacker in college.

Edmond Santa Fe OG J.R. Hensley: A Class of 2015 prospect, Hensley doesn't have any offers but stood out at every single summer camp he attended. With this being his second year as a starter, he said he feels a lot more comfortable, and it has shown so far.

Edmond Santa Fe CB Ashton Preston: Another Class of 2015 recruit to watch, Preston was just about everywhere you could possibly be this summer. It definitely helped get his name out there. After a great summer, he's ready to burst onto the scene in a huge way this fall.

Note: The scrimmage starts at 7 p.m., and SoonersIllustrated will be there live with Twitter updates.

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