Name: Alvin Cornelius
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
High School: Tottenville
2013 Stats: He played in ten games, but all 134 receiving yards and one touchdown came in the final two games of the regular season. Against Boston College, Cornelius caught seven passes for 81 yards.
2014 Projections: Because Syracuse is returning most of its top receivers, Cornelius will continue to struggle for playing time. But, he could carve out a niche as the deep threat. Last season, SU had almost a dozen players with more than 50 receiving yards. Of those players, only Jarrod West averaged more yards per catch than Cornelius (14.9).
How'd He Get Here: Former Syracuse assistant coach John Anselmo did the recruiting. Cornelius had offers from Connecticut, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.
Money Quote: "That’s the (New York) city team right there. If you want to represent the city, that’s the place to go." -Cornelius on choosing Syracuse.
Tweets of Wonder:
Birds .!— Alvin Cornelius III (@AC_TheFuture) March 24, 2014
As you'll see, Alvin likes to capitalize. He's like the anti-Jon Heyman.
Do They Love You When You Out The League .?— Alvin Cornelius III (@AC_TheFuture) February 1, 2014
And finally, he says what we were all thinking this winter.
This Snow Gotta Quit .— Alvin Cornelius III (@AC_TheFuture) February 14, 2014
What Does The Coaching Staff Think of Him: They like his commitment to blocking.
OC George McDonald told the Daily Orange, "He’s really put a lot of emphasis on getting those guys to block and getting them to buy in, to be team players. Everybody wants to go to college and you’re a receiver being recruited you never talk about blocking."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Cornelius played wide receiver and cornerback in high school. In his last two seasons, he had a combined 13 interceptions.
Let's Get a Look Atcha:
Brent Axe caught up with Cornelius after his breakout performance against Pittsburgh.