David Cornwell commits to Alabama

Updated: June 17, 2013, 12:24 PM ET
By Greg Ostendorf | ESPN.com

It took some time, but David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North) -- the ESPN 150's No. 1 pocket-passing quarterback -- finally ended up where he wanted to go all along. 

Cornwell committed to Alabama on Friday, just minutes after fellow Crimson Tide quarterback target Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) gave a verbal pledge to Georgia.

"I had a lot of contemplation and the meeting with coach Saban went 10 times better than I thought it would," Cornwell said. "We were in his office and talked about everything. I told him, 'I'm ready to wrap this up if you are.'

"We went down the hall and the other coaches were dancing and were happy. I was really happy."

Cornwell had become a frequent visitor in Tuscaloosa since his first trip last fall for the game against Mississippi State. He was on campus not long ago for the Tide's prospect camp, where he threw in front of the coaches.

Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted to see Cornwell and evaluate him in person before taking his commitment. The No. 24 overall prospect waited patiently as Alabama went through its process of finding a quarterback.

"I know they have their system, and I'm not going to be that recruit that interrupts that," Cornwell said after the camp. "Whatever coach Saban says, goes."

On Friday, Cornwell said Saban made the difference in his coach.

"He's a good man. He's a great coach. It was a great meeting with him and shaking his hand in person," Cornwell said. "I was kind of already there [thinking about committing], but after the meeting, he convinced me and pushed me over the edge. I'm so excited about the opportunity."

Cornwell becomes the Tide's 11th commitment for 2014 and their first quarterback. He is also the highest-rated signal-caller to choose Alabama since Saban took over as coach.

Cornwell said he didn't know if he would be the only quarterback committing to Alabama.

"I have no idea," he said. "I know they're trying to build depth at the position, but I can't speak for the coaches."

Earlier this month, Cornwell was granted a fifth year of high school eligibility by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association after requesting a hardship waiver. He will start for Norman North this season.

"Absolutely crazy," Cornwell said about the waiver process. "Not just this last week but the last month. I'm excited, though. Very excited. I feel like my life has cleared up, and I'm ready to get back to work."

ESPN.com's Bob Przybylo contributed to this report.

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