Govols247: Five-star QB high on Tennessee

Five-star junior quarterback David Cornwell of Norman (Okla.) North High School is ranked the No. 18 overall prospect and No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class by 247Sports.

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Five-star junior quarterback David Cornwell of Norman (Okla.) North High School is ranked the No. 18 overall prospect and No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class by 247Sports.

David Cornwell already viewed Tennessee as one of his top college choices before he traveled to Knoxville last weekend for a nearly two-day stay that coincided with the Vols’ first spring scrimmage.

It only further cemented Tennessee’s place near the top of his list.

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CroKev writes:

Getting deeper and deeper at QB!

SummittsCourt writes:

WOW! Maybe Coach Jones has brought the Vols the best coaching staff in America. Time will tell but to see how UT has become relevant in recruiting in such a short time makes me hopeful of greater things to come.

atnvol#283282 writes:

It is very good to see the many 4-5 star athletes at least considering the Vols....that was not so much the case under Dooley. Seems Dooleys arrogance really bit the program hard. I never saw what he had to be arrogant about in the first place. He was a walk-on player that played at a non-meaningful program and had a losing record as a college coach at a small school program before he was hired by Mike Hamilton....who by the way is soley responsible for the financial woes the athletic department is now experiencing. Anyway, there has been nothing but a upbeat outlook since Coach Jones arrived....I finally think we have found "our man".

Regards, Mike

6972 writes:

Are we turning from wide reciever U to QB U? Apparently, BJ and staff can recruit. I am hopeful for better days ahead.

CroKev writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

It is very good to see the many 4-5 star athletes at least considering the Vols....that was not so much the case under Dooley. Seems Dooleys arrogance really bit the program hard. I never saw what he had to be arrogant about in the first place. He was a walk-on player that played at a non-meaningful program and had a losing record as a college coach at a small school program before he was hired by Mike Hamilton....who by the way is soley responsible for the financial woes the athletic department is now experiencing. Anyway, there has been nothing but a upbeat outlook since Coach Jones arrived....I finally think we have found "our man".

Regards, Mike

Actually, Dooley did a great job recruiting 4* and 5* players (e.g., Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, etc.). I remember Stone came to UT because Kiffin was gone and Dooley had arrived. The only reason UT was in the mix for Derrick Henry was because of Dooley's assistants. However, it's also true that Von Bell and others weren't in the mix because of Dooley.

If you look at past Rivals' reports during Dooley's era, UT was right in the mix with a lot of the Rivals 150 guys, despite having bad teams. When it came to in-state talent, however, Dooley and his assistants took more of a nationwide approach.

Jones appears to be a very aggressive and positive recruiter. I'm also hoping that he's a much better in-game coach, especially in the 2nd half.

Shake_Bake writes:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

I don't think so..OU isn't in his top 5 and he wants to play in the SEC..The only problem is he also likes bammer & UGA. UT's logjam at qb may be a reason to look elsewhere..However, with the talent of this young man, he could earn a spot as a starter day one at UT or any school for that matter..

ktownorange32 writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

The consensus thought is not that we have landed the kid but an overall sense of contentment that Jones and staff are working their butts off. Even though I was against the firing of CPF, what brought him down was complacency. Dooley had issues on several levels. We are just happy to see a coach excited to be here, excited to work hard, and doing whatever it takes to be in the mix for recruits again. Whether we land this kid or not, if we are on a huge name's list then other recruits see that and start to think "hey if the #1 pro style qb is considering UT, maybe I should too". CBJ gets the recruiting game and thats refreshing.

thevoice writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

The consensus thought is not that we have landed the kid but an overall sense of contentment that Jones and staff are working their butts off. Even though I was against the firing of CPF, what brought him down was complacency. Dooley had issues on several levels. We are just happy to see a coach excited to be here, excited to work hard, and doing whatever it takes to be in the mix for recruits again. Whether we land this kid or not, if we are on a huge name's list then other recruits see that and start to think "hey if the #1 pro style qb is considering UT, maybe I should too". CBJ gets the recruiting game and thats refreshing.

Truth-speaker. Good job.

vol49 writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

The consensus thought is not that we have landed the kid but an overall sense of contentment that Jones and staff are working their butts off. Even though I was against the firing of CPF, what brought him down was complacency. Dooley had issues on several levels. We are just happy to see a coach excited to be here, excited to work hard, and doing whatever it takes to be in the mix for recruits again. Whether we land this kid or not, if we are on a huge name's list then other recruits see that and start to think "hey if the #1 pro style qb is considering UT, maybe I should too". CBJ gets the recruiting game and thats refreshing.

+1 excellent post.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

It is very good to see the many 4-5 star athletes at least considering the Vols....that was not so much the case under Dooley. Seems Dooleys arrogance really bit the program hard. I never saw what he had to be arrogant about in the first place. He was a walk-on player that played at a non-meaningful program and had a losing record as a college coach at a small school program before he was hired by Mike Hamilton....who by the way is soley responsible for the financial woes the athletic department is now experiencing. Anyway, there has been nothing but a upbeat outlook since Coach Jones arrived....I finally think we have found "our man".

Regards, Mike

If you really wonder why he was so arrogant you only have to look at the fact that he had a law degree. Enough said !!!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

After being burned by previous players who were "high" on UT, I'm a little guarded. Sure, I hope he chooses us, but not gonna hold my breath.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

After being burned by previous players who were "high" on UT, I'm a little guarded. Sure, I hope he chooses us, but not gonna hold my breath.

I think Bama will be his choice, but I could be wrong. At any rate UT is pushing the envelope like never before. UT may not get the best recruiting class, but it won't be from lack of effort. Great job by this staff, they hit the ground running..

golfman1975 writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

In town recruits many times want to leave their area to play. That is part of the college experience.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

Cornwell isn't from Norman either.
He lives there now true enough but he didn't grow up there.

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

Come play for the Big Orange Mr. Cornwell; we would love to have you here. There is competition at qb but that will be anywhere you go in the SEC that has a chance to win alot of games.

jimr07 writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

Cornwell isn't a Vol yet, so I wouldn't get all that excited. Besides he is from Norman, OK. I think Bob Stoops might have something to say about where this young man plays his college football!

Yeah..so we should not at least try.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to CroKev:

Actually, Dooley did a great job recruiting 4* and 5* players (e.g., Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, etc.). I remember Stone came to UT because Kiffin was gone and Dooley had arrived. The only reason UT was in the mix for Derrick Henry was because of Dooley's assistants. However, it's also true that Von Bell and others weren't in the mix because of Dooley.

If you look at past Rivals' reports during Dooley's era, UT was right in the mix with a lot of the Rivals 150 guys, despite having bad teams. When it came to in-state talent, however, Dooley and his assistants took more of a nationwide approach.

Jones appears to be a very aggressive and positive recruiter. I'm also hoping that he's a much better in-game coach, especially in the 2nd half.

With respect to your last sentence, I especially hope he plays to WIN the game when it is within reach (Missouri anyone?)

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I think Bama will be his choice, but I could be wrong. At any rate UT is pushing the envelope like never before. UT may not get the best recruiting class, but it won't be from lack of effort. Great job by this staff, they hit the ground running..

They really have, BB!! Have you seen the latest rankings on Scout.com...8TH!!!!!

tovolny writes:

WHY AM I THINKING THIS (?): "don't count your chickens before they hatch." ? ? ? ? ? ?

One of these days, Alice, one of these days.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to tovolny:

WHY AM I THINKING THIS (?): "don't count your chickens before they hatch." ? ? ? ? ? ?

One of these days, Alice, one of these days.

Because you should be focused on having scrambled eggs. That's why.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to ktownorange32:

The consensus thought is not that we have landed the kid but an overall sense of contentment that Jones and staff are working their butts off. Even though I was against the firing of CPF, what brought him down was complacency. Dooley had issues on several levels. We are just happy to see a coach excited to be here, excited to work hard, and doing whatever it takes to be in the mix for recruits again. Whether we land this kid or not, if we are on a huge name's list then other recruits see that and start to think "hey if the #1 pro style qb is considering UT, maybe I should too". CBJ gets the recruiting game and thats refreshing.

You nailed it. Great post!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

They really have, BB!! Have you seen the latest rankings on Scout.com...8TH!!!!!

I follow Rivals for the most part, and they have UT 6th or 7th depending on star ratings. It's a long way off til NSD, but it's looking real good so far..GBO!!

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I follow Rivals for the most part, and they have UT 6th or 7th depending on star ratings. It's a long way off til NSD, but it's looking real good so far..GBO!!

6th on rivals and 7th on 247

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

6th on rivals and 7th on 247

That's right..Have you checked ESPN?? I hate McShay and those whiners at ESPN, but I am curious where they have Hurd and Kelly ratings wise.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I say , I say boy once he commits to Tennessee they'll probably move him down to a 5 star. Bring em Coach! We are forming an "A" team.

Go Vols!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I follow Rivals for the most part, and they have UT 6th or 7th depending on star ratings. It's a long way off til NSD, but it's looking real good so far..GBO!!

I must have misread Rivals, because I saw them at 21st on there. But it was as of March 4, and Scout was more recent. Maybe during that time Rivals updated their stuff.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

I must have misread Rivals, because I saw them at 21st on there. But it was as of March 4, and Scout was more recent. Maybe during that time Rivals updated their stuff.

No, that's the 2013 class..You probably have to be a member to receive cell phone updates on the 2014 class.

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to CroKev:

Actually, Dooley did a great job recruiting 4* and 5* players (e.g., Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, etc.). I remember Stone came to UT because Kiffin was gone and Dooley had arrived. The only reason UT was in the mix for Derrick Henry was because of Dooley's assistants. However, it's also true that Von Bell and others weren't in the mix because of Dooley.

If you look at past Rivals' reports during Dooley's era, UT was right in the mix with a lot of the Rivals 150 guys, despite having bad teams. When it came to in-state talent, however, Dooley and his assistants took more of a nationwide approach.

Jones appears to be a very aggressive and positive recruiter. I'm also hoping that he's a much better in-game coach, especially in the 2nd half.

b tough to be worse in game coach

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Go get this young man! We want him! Make it happen, Coach! We're forming an "A" Team!

Go Big Orange!

PHAT_VOL writes:

If this kid signs with the VOLS I'll eat the "T" off my hat.
GO VOLS!!

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I don't think so..OU isn't in his top 5 and he wants to play in the SEC..The only problem is he also likes bammer & UGA. UT's logjam at qb may be a reason to look elsewhere..However, with the talent of this young man, he could earn a spot as a starter day one at UT or any school for that matter..

Agree, don't think the roster we have will stop him from considering UT, its how well we can out recruit our SEC opponents.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Always amazes me how the "Butch Jones can't recruit" klan always disappears for these types of threads...

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

If this kid signs with the VOLS I'll eat the "T" off my hat.
GO VOLS!!

I sure hope your stomach gets tested. I will support your endeavor by adding that I will shave my head if Cornwell signs with us. It would be the most pleasure I have had getting my head shaved!

Go Vols!

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

With respect to your last sentence, I especially hope he plays to WIN the game when it is within reach (Missouri anyone?)

In all fairness to CDD, he had coached all season with a cracked hip bone, then got right back out there after surgery. During the 4th qtr hosting Mizzou, the Vols offense was not executing at all well, the previous two plays had a pass slapped down and a broken play, it was 3rd and long. If Mizzou advanced a fumble to within field goal range, or ...say it ain't so ... a pick6 against the Vols poorly executing and obviously flustered offense-and that is huge when a team starts getting flustered e.g snakebit (ain't those great words?) would have lost the game. Dooley wanted to use the time before OT to regroup, and he thought they could win it. Had they won, this would be a moot point.

Conversely, you want to believe that there was the opportunity for the playmakers to come up with the big one in those 35 seconds. There was plenty of time to get the ball close enough for a field goal to win it. But ........... we weren't none too happy with our choice of kickers now were we? So, it'd have to be try to score, an if not, then kick. Fumbles and pick6 be dashed, trust the offense to execute and the defense to stop them ....duh ....whad I jus say!!!? Trust the D!!!??? Well, that's what I would have done anyway, play to win during regular time and put the game on the shoulders of the players. CDD didn't and that is the point I decided we needed a new coach. Although I do understand CDD's reasoning. Unluckiest coach I've ever heard of. That snakebit team never got unflustercated.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

Conrwell? I like my corn from a jar.

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