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Sunday, July 7, 2013
No. 1 OT is No. 2 QB's biggest target

By Damon Sayles

The Opening and Elite 11 served as a chance for ESPN 300 quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North) to show why he was a top target -- and also why he can be the next big thing at quarterback for Alabama.

It also gave Cornwell, the nation’s No. 2-ranked pocket-passer, a chance to put on his recruiting hat. Cornwell committed to Alabama on June 14, and the time spent in Oregon at The Opening allowed him to not only watch other athletes but also try his recruiting pitches on uncommitted players.

One athlete, in particular, happens to have Alabama very high on his list.

“The biggest target -- who isn’t really a target as much as a friend -- is Cam Robinson,” Cornwell said. “He’s my boy. Loved him since I met him at Bama.

Although Cornwell (No. 34 in the ESPN 300) and Robinson (No. 1 offensive tackle, No. 7 overall in the ESPN 300) established a relationship before the Oregon trip, the two had additional opportunities to talk football during The Opening. Cornwell is open about wanting the West Monroe (La.) High School star to be the next Crimson Tide commitment. Robinson has Alabama and LSU high on his list.

While Cornwell said he’d love for the 6-foot-5, 330-pound tackle to block for him against SEC defenders, Robinson’s size and athleticism weren’t the most important things to him. Cornwell said Robinson’s character first caught his attention.

“We all know he can play,” Cornwell said of Robinson, “but the mental and character side of him is like none other. Obviously, I want him to come to Alabama, but I know he will be successful wherever he decides.”