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Sunday, June 30, 2013
David Cornwell targets Alabama prospects

By Mitch Sherman

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the battle for his high school eligibility won, quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North) has turned his attention to aiding Alabama in its quest to again sign the nation's top recruiting class.

The Crimson Tide inked No. 1 classes each of the past two years. It sits second to Michigan in the 2014 class rankings with 14 pledges, including Cornwell, who's No. 34 in the ESPN 300 and among four Alabama commits in attendance here at The Opening.

The others are linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, offensive guard Viane Talamaivao and center J.C. Hassenauer.

Alabama remains in pursuit of several players at The Opening. Cornwell, in Oregon for the Elite 11 finals that began Friday, said he’s set to get busy working for the Tide when The Opening gets underway on Monday.

“I’ve got a long list with names and numbers,” he said.

Who’s at the top of Cornwell’s wish list? He said it’s offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), No. 7 in the ESPN 300. He also mentioned the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), No. 8 in the ESPN 300 and receiver Travis Rudolph, the No. 81-rated prospect out of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman.

“If they want facts, they can come to me,” Cornwell said. “If they want me to push, I’ll push. But I’m a kid, too. I didn’t really like to be pressured in the recruiting process.”

Cornwell committed to Alabama on June 14, days after receiving clearance from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to play this year at Norman North. He won his appeal of a ruling that denied him this year after a family situation in 2011 prevented him from playing the game.

“It was really important for me to get that done,” Cornwell said.