No decision made on Cornwell eligibility

OKLAHOMA CITY -- No decision was made regarding the eligibility of Norman (Okla.) North quarterback David Cornwell by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association on Tuesday afternoon.

A motion was unanimously approved by the OSSAA’s board of directors that a special board meeting will be June 12 at 1:30 p.m. if the matter is not resolved by that time.

Cornwell, who is the No. 1-ranked pocket-passing quarterback and No. 24 in the ESPN 150, was hoping to hear an announcement Tuesday regarding whether or not he will be eligible for his senior season at Norman North.

Cornwell is classified as a senior but will be in his fifth year removed from eighth grade in the fall. It is against the OSSAA rules to have a fifth year of eligibility except for extreme cases. The Cornwell family believes it has one of those cases.

Cornwell, his parents and attorneys addressed the OSSAA board at 10 a.m., and the family requested the issue be dealt with in executive session. Fifteen minutes later, the executive session was over, and the board ruled to table the issue.

The Cornwell family brought new information to the case Tuesday, and the board felt it didn’t have enough time to read the information and make a judgment in the ruling.

Following that, attorneys for both the Cornwells and the OSSAA, as well as OSSAA representative David Jackson and the Cornwell family, met in a separate meeting for more than an hour.

After the board reconvened, it was announced that if it is deemed necessary, the June 12 special board meeting would take place.

Cornwell attorney Mitch D. McCuistian said all questions regarding the matter will be answered at a different time and declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.

Cornwell said he still feels confident they have met the criteria for an extra year of eligibility.

“I can't comment, other than to say that I believe we meet the criteria and I expect a positive decision on my eligibility soon,” Cornwell said.

The issue at hand is the 2011-12 school year when the family lived in Florida. Cornwell intended to be homeschooled by his mother. Cornwell did not attend school or play football as his mother, Debbie, battled a debilitating health condition.

Cornwell moved to Jones (Okla.) High for the 2012 season. He threw for 2,742 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Following the season, the family moved from Jones to Norman, Okla., and Cornwell has enrolled at Norman North.

Cornwell has earned an invite to the Elite 11 quarterback finals next month as well as a spot in The Opening, an all-star showcase of the best recruits in the nation.

Cornwell visited Alabama last weekend and has planned trips to Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech in the next couple of weeks where he hopes he will be ready to make his decision.