ESPN 150 quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North) was declared eligible to play his senior season by the Oklahoma high school governing body Friday.
Cornwell's attorney, Mitch McCuistian, said he received an email from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's attorney, letting him know Cornwell had been granted a fifth year of eligibility.
"I screamed," Cornwell said of his reaction to the news. "It was awesome. I was sitting there thinking, 'Is this real?' I yelled and ran into the locker room and told everybody."
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Cornwell is the No. 1-ranked pocket-passing quarterback and 24th-ranked player in the ESPN 150. He has offers from Alabama, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, among numerous others schools.
Cornwell will be entering his fifth year removed from eighth grade, usually against OSSAA's rules. The only exceptions are for extreme cases, and the Cornwell family believed it had one.
The school year in question was 2011-12, when the Cornwell family lived in Florida. Cornwell didn't go to school or play football that year and was supposed to have been home-schooled by his mother. But she suffered a debilitating illness, and Cornwell never received any schooling that year.
Cornwell's attorneys were hoping not to bring his mother's medical records into the equation, but they eventually did. The additional information at an appeals hearing Tuesday contained much of his mother's medical history, which supported the family's hardship claim and forced the matter to be tabled so the board would have time to review it.
Cornwell moved from Florida to Jones, Okla., in 2012, and transferred to Norman North after his junior year.
"I'm so relieved," Cornwell said. "It has been six months with these players. Coach [Wade] Standley is a standup guy. I want to thank the coaches and the administration for all the confidence they had in me and all the support they showed. I'm going to fight with them and fight for them."
Norman North was returning from a team camp in Tulsa on Friday when Cornwell received the news. He said it was great that the team was there because of how it has supported him the entire time.
Cornwell, who threw for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, took his fifth trip to Alabama in less than a year last weekend. He was originally scheduled to visit Oklahoma State on Monday, but because the Cowboys picked up a quarterback commitment this week, he's not sure about that visit.
He still plans on visiting Tennessee and Virginia Tech in the next two weeks before making a decision.
Cornwell has earned an invitation to the Elite 11 quarterback finals and The Opening, both all-star events next month in Oregon.