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Friday, April 26, 2013
Tide OC watches QB Cornwell throw

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Since the conclusion of spring practice, the University of Alabama coaching staff has been busy hitting the road, evaluating recruits. No coach has compiled more miles than offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

Nussmeier, the Crimson Tide’s quarterback guru, has already seen three prospects this week. After checking in on DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) on Tuesday, he made a stop in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday to watch David Cornwell, the nation’s No. 1 pocket passer.

“It was good,” Cornwell said. “He was out there with the video camera. I didn’t talk to him. I didn’t want him to talk to me. With Alabama in the spotlight they’re in, I’m not going to be the one to get any violations. That’d be bad. I was very respectful.

“He’s got the film, so it’s kind of in their hands now. I did all I can do. I felt like I threw pretty well for him. I gave him my best, and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Cornwell was able to call Nussmeier later that night after the visit. The ESPN 150 quarterback has also hosted coaches from Arkansas and Oklahoma State this week.

The visit from Nussmeier is coming off the heels of Cornwell’s latest visit to Tuscaloosa. He attended the Tide’s spring game on April 20.

“It was great,” he said. “We got to see them compete, see them coach, get after it. It brings back good memories of fall, going to that night game against Mississippi State. It’s really enjoyable to be there, back around the community of Tuscaloosa.”

Before the game, Cornwell had a front-row spot for the captains’ ceremony next to Denny Chimes. He also took in the Walk of Champions with the players, but what stood out the most was his conversation with Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

“This was really a influential meeting with Coach Saban,” Cornwell said. “He answered all our questions within the first five minutes, and we hadn’t even asked them. It was like he read our minds. It was crazy.

“It was really, really good watching coach. He was mic’d up on ESPN, so the fans got a little show at home, but just seeing him coach and get into his element again, it was just reassurance that he’s one of the top mental minds in the area and probably the United States.”

After what was a very "influential" visit to Alabama, Cornwell and his father made the trip to Knoxville, Tenn., to check in on the Volunteers and new head coach Butch Jones. It was his second visit to Tennessee this spring.

“It was great, another good one where the head coach tied it up for us at the end,” he said. “It was really good. It was special to hang out with the offensive coordinator. That’s one of my favorite things because you’re going to be hanging out with them if you sign there, but just seeing the head coach at most of these places, he is the best recruiter.”

Cornwell plans to take a month off from the recruiting process so he can start to focus on his high school team. He also wants to begin eliminating schools during that time, and a decision could be on the horizon.

“I’m getting a lot closer than I have been,” he said. “I’m out of the ‘take everyone in’ stage, and starting to be blunt, eliminating schools. If not, I’ll get killed.”

Cornwell is expected back in Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s camp in June.