Should Alabama Offer 6'5", 235-Pound 2014 4-Star QB David Cornwell?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterFebruary 14, 2013

Norman, Okla., QB David Cornwell / Photo Credit:
Norman, Okla., QB David Cornwell / Photo Credit:

Alabama already has its quarterback of the future now that 6'3", 215-pound early enrollee Cooper Bateman from Salt Lake City is on campus.

But that doesn't mean that head coach Nick Saban should rest on his laurels.

Former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said on ESPNU's national signing day coverage that Saban has successfully created a "Darwinistic" culture in Tuscaloosa where only the strong survive.

Class of 2014 4-star quarterback David Cornwell is one player who doesn't seem to shy away from competition, and he has the Crimson Tide high on his list of potential college programs according to (subscription required).

Cornwell, a native of Norman, Okla., hasn't been offered by Alabama yet, but he does hold offers from Auburn, Indiana, Tulsa, Washington State and Virginia Tech. He attended junior day at Alabama this year, and he is holding out hope that Alabama will offer him once offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier watches him throw this spring.

So should Alabama offer him?

If he's good enough to play for the Crimson Tide, absolutely.

Sure, he'd be blocked by Bateman on the depth chart in theory. But Saban has been able to successfully stock a roster of players who aren't afraid of competition, which is a primary reason why the team has been so successful over the last five years.

The 6'5", 235-pounder has a big frame, big arm and would be a perfect fit in Nussmeier's offense.

Besides, it's never a bad thing to have a quality backup quarterback who willingly chooses to be a part of a program even though playing time could be available elsewhere.

It's not the X's and the O's, it's the Jimmys and the Joes. Nobody in the college game knows that more than Saban, who has a roster stocked full of 4- and 5-star studs at his disposal.

If Cornwell has what it takes, he'd fit right in with the Crimson Tide.