Sooner Intel: Parnell Motley

Sooner Intel takes a look at OU official visitor Parnell Motley.

It’s banquet weekend for the Sooners, and OU is bringing him a slew of top targets. One of them a little under the radar is Washington D.C. Woodson cornerback Parnell Motley.

Motley, a three-star prospect, has been committed to Maryland since June. But if you follow recruiting, you know the Sooners reached out in the spring to make the offer.

Following his pledge to the Terps, things cooled down considerably before picking back up here in the last month.

“It was pretty surprising to me that it popped back up,” Motley said. “They’re one of the top teams in the country. We had a great in-home visit, real nice conversation.”

Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has been the man leading the charge here, including during that home visit. But OU’s other ace up its sleeve is running back commitment Abdul Adams. Adams and Motley have been friends since junior high, and the two have been talking often in recent weeks, especially since Adams pledged to the Sooners.

There are other things for Motley to consider. For one, the state of the Terps program. Former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is now the man in charge at Maryland, and Motley said he is encouraged by what he’s hearing.

What he’s seeing, however, is Norman this weekend. He’s excited for a change of pace.

“I want to see something different outside of D.C.,” Motley said. “I want to go out and experience new things. It might be nice to get out of the city.”

Motley can excel on both sides of the ball, but he made it clear OU sees him only on defense. His ball skills have made him a target on offense, too, but he said his position doesn’t really matter in the long run. All he really wants is the chance to make plays.

One thing a little bit different for Motley is he’s visiting Norman by himself. No family, no coaches, he’s going to do this on his own.

“You got to grow up sometime so why not now?” he said. “I’m going to be making big moves in my life and have to be able to make decisions like this.”

Motley doesn’t have any other official visits scheduled at the moment. Once Christmas break rolls around, he said he’s going to dive in more at what he’s looking for and what schools he wants to see.

He mentioned Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin as potential schools to visit and said he’s not quite sure what to expect in Norman this weekend.

This season wasn’t the best for Motley, at least not at first. He said the team had a shaky start before getting it all together down the stretch run.

“My leadership,” said Motley about where he made the biggest strides as a player. “I had to step up this year and be a team captain and things went really well.”


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