David Cornwell—Alabama's quarterback of the future—hasn't exactly impressed during the Elite 11 camp at Nike's corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
The 6'5", 230-pounder from Norman, Okla. was inconsistent in Day 1, didn't make the initial top 11 and was left with an uphill battle in the three-day event that coincides with The Opening.
Just how bad was it for Cornwell?
He drew comparisons from some observers to former Auburn quarterback and current Louisville tight end Zeke Pike.
Not exactly high praise.
But Cornwell bounced back on Wednesday when the seven-on-seven tournament started, connecting on several deep passes and finding the end zone often, including a 21-yard touchdown in a win for team Super Bad. He wasn't as accurate as some of his fellow quarterbacks, but he has the ability to stretch the field better than anybody.
His performance earned high praise from Elite 11 coach and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, according to 247Sports.com:
He had the biggest turnaround. He was near the bottom of the list because he had such a terrible day yesterday (Monday). He was just wildly inconsistent. It's not a question of his talent or character, because I really like the kid. He'll have a chance to be in the eleven after today.
Despite the strong performance, Cornwell didn't make it into the top 11 after Day 2.
2nd Rankings- 1 Allen 2 White 3 Blough 4 Park 5 Grier 6 Rubenzer 7 Heard 8 Wilkins 9 Kaaya 10 Barker 11 Watson #Elite11— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 3, 2013
The final cut will be made after the seven-on-seven championships Wednesday, and Cornwell certainly has a chance to make it into the elite group.
Can he do it?
He came into the camp with a buzz surrounding him. The 4-star prospect is rated as the fourth-best pro-style quarterback in the country, and he was a favorite to not only make the Elite 11 but also to win MVP.
Here are some passes from Cornwell's performance on Tuesday, courtesy of ESPN.com's Tom Luginbill.
David cornwell two pt conversion. No time left to tie. https://t.co/ctNSIATSWY— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) July 2, 2013
So, what does this tell you about Cornwell?
It's admittedly a small sample size, but on arguably the biggest football stage of his young career, he showed the type of resilience it takes to be a star in the SEC. Inconsistency gets you beat, and if Cornwell can bounce back and make the cut, that's a good sign of what's to come for the Crimson Tide.
Cornwell will likely compete with Cooper Bateman, Alec Morris and Blake Sims for the top spot on Alabama's depth chart when he arrives on campus in 2014.
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