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Brock Cornell Fulfills Childhood Dream After Bucknell Commitment

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West Allegheny star Brock Cornell

Growing up, Brock Cornell practically lived at the West Allegheny football facility and watched the program collect three WPIAL titles in five years.

His father, Bryan, is the longtime defensive coordinator for the Indians and Brock has tagged alongside his father for as long as he can remember.

“When I was born, I’d always go to games. Late 2000s, early 2010s was when I was around some of the good players and coach [Bob] Palko was there. All those guys mean a lot to me,” Cornell told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

As Cornell watched players like Mike Caputo (Wisconsin), Tory Delmonico (Navy) and Chayse Dillon (Duquesne) shine at West Allegheny and then go on to play Division I football, he too envisioned that for himself.

Now, Cornell – a 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety recruit — can live out that dream as he announced his commitment to play football at Bucknell University on Saturday via X.

“That’s always been on my mind — playing football longer than most people get to play. I didn’t want to stop playing football after high school. My pap and my dad played collegiate football. I’m excited for it.”

Both of Cornell’s parents have been supportive throughout their son’s recruitment process.

“He’s helped me out with emails and connecting with guys. He’s been a huge help to know the game and understand the game,” Cornell said. “My mom is more of the motivator. My dad keeps it real. She always talks about dreaming high and shooting for the stars.”

Cornell has had Bucknell on his mind for quite some time as he’s taken several trips to Lewisburg, Pa.

“It’s a good distance from home,” he said. “It’s a good academic school and that’s one of the reasons I chose to go there. I love the coaching staff and they just got new facilities, so it’s the place to be right now.”

Most recently, Cornell took a visit during spring ball where he talked with all the coaches, including safeties coach McNeil Parker.

“Coach Parker has been recruiting me since my freshman or sophomore year. They have a good family atmosphere going on. They’ve been there for a while and doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere for a while. Usually when you have good coaches, good players come through the program,” Cornell said.

As a 4.2 GPA student, Cornell holds academics to a high standard and Bucknell was the perfect fit for him as a student-athlete.

“That’s always something I look for is high academics. At the end of the day, football is going to end sometime and you’re going to need to be set up for life and I think Bucknell’s going to set me up for life after football,” Cornell said.

With the weight of a college decision off Cornell’s shoulders, he can further prepare for his senior season.

“I want to focus on getting myself better, stronger, faster and I want to push my teammates to be the best players and people they can be,” Cornell said.

For West Allegheny, Cornell is a hard-hitting safety, but also fills a variety of roles on offense, including quarterback and running back where he accumulated 1,601 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, Cornell registered 109 tackles, four pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

Cornell held other D-I offers from Albany, Lehigh, Penn, Brown, Robert Morris and Duquesne.

For more on Cornell, check out PSN’s WPIAL Profiles: West Allegheny 2025 Safety Brock Cornell.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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