NORMAN — One week into the high school football season, Norman North’s David Cornwell has already started receiving honors. Wednesday, the Timberwolves quarterback officially accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School football game.
“This is a great honor for David,” North coach Wade Stanley said. “A great honor for our football program. It’s a great way to start off the football season.”
The announcement took place at Norman North with Cornwell’s family members, coaching staff, school officials and teammates looking on.
“I want to thank the coaches and players at Norman North,” Cornwell said. “This wouldn’t be available without y’all.”
Cornwell was presented with a commemorative No. 14 jersey, which he will wear during the game Jan. 2, 2014, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.
There are two All-American games most of the top high school football players in the country choose between. The U.S. Army All-American is the other.
“I was talking to the Alabama coaches, and I feel like this game is on the rise,” Cornwell said. “Prestigious people have been here. I look for the opportunity to play with Under Armour.”
Cornwell, a senior, is still a first-year player at North after transferring from Jones, where he threw for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder as the No. 3-ranked quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 player in Oklahoma.
Cornwell committed to Alabama despite other offers from Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Oklahoma State, among others.
As a member-in-waiting of the Crimson Tide, he has a pick for Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game.
“’Bama by 10 points,” Cornwell said. “You give coach (Nick) Saban two weeks to prepare for Johnny Football, I think he has a good shot to beat him. Thirty-one points by Bama.”
North, after losing opening night to Norman High, is looking to get into the win column Friday at Del City.
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