Coming off a great official visit to Oklahoma last weekend, the only question was why wasn’t Washington D.C. Woodson athlete Parnell Motley committed to the Sooners?
That question was answered Monday afternoon as Motley took several days to talk it over with his family and made it official, flipping from Maryland to OU on Monday after decommitting from the Terps on Saturday night.
Motley, a threat on both sides of the ball, was first recruited by the Sooners at cornerback. But in recent weeks, it’s looking more like OU just wants to get him on campus and figure out the details later.
He was among the best defensive backs in the D.C. area, but he was no slouch as a receiver as well for Woodson. Motley had 29 catches for 678 yards and eight touchdowns this year, averaging a stellar 23 yards per catch and totaled more than 1,400 total yards of offense to go with seven interceptions on defense.
Originally committed to Maryland since June, OU got back in touch recently in the last month after initially offering back in the spring. Motley has been great friends with OU running back commit Abdul Adams dating back to their junior high days and that connection certainly didn’t hurt with Adams talking to Motley often in the last month.
Motley arrived in Norman last Friday for banquet weekend and got to watch OU’s first practice in preparation for the Capital One Orange Bowl against Clemson. He said he was blown away by Norman and how it wasn’t anything at all that he expected.
The visit also allowed him time to get to know the OU coaches, and he said he came away impressed with how much time head coach Bob Stoops spends with players and recruits in getting to know them better.
Motley is just the latest east coast addition for the Sooners, and he was hosted by redshirt freshman offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who has numerous ties to the D.C. area.
The commitment of Motley, now ranked No. 37 as an athlete and No. 1 athlete in Washington D.C., gives OU some flexibility in terms of its numbers for the class and what it needs to fill out the rest of the group.
The Sooners stand at 15 commitments for the 2016 class with four of them occurring in the last three weeks. Motley is OU's second pledge in the last week, joining Scout 300 defensive tackle Chris Daniels, who committed Friday night.