Sooner Intel: Parnell Motley

Catching up with Parnell Motley, who committed to OU last month.

You simply never know when the pieces will all come together. For months and months, it looked like it would never happen with Oklahoma and Washington D.C. Woodson’s Parnell Motley.

Motley, a three-star athlete, was offered by the Sooners way back when in the spring on a weekend where OU seemingly went crazy with east coast offers.

Many were skeptical if it would ever amount to much, but Motley had sneaky suspicion things could develop one day.

“I did, actually, I always felt like OU was going to be a spot to think about,” Motley said. “The offer meant a lot to me.”

The months went on, though, and both sides drifted. Motley committed to Maryland in June, electing to stay closer to home.

But after massive coaching changes for the Terrapins and an unexpected dismissal for the Sooners, a spot opened up for Motley.

Where back in the spring it felt like he was going to be all alone at OU in terms of an east coast presence, a whole lot had changed since.

Namely? The addition of running back Abdul Adams. He played his senior season in North Carolina, but Adams is another Washington D.C./Maryland kid, and the two have been friends for a long time.

Adams, who was once committed to Michigan State, visited OU in November and pledged to the Sooners the morning of Bedlam.

The two will be reunited in Norman.

“It’s cool to have a longtime buddy around there in Oklahoma City,” Motley said. “I know that, no matter what, we’ll be together. He loved his visit and loved it there. I’m very excited about getting the chance to play with him.”

Motley visited the final weekend before the dead period, and it appeared like he had a great trip to Norman. But he didn’t pull the trigger. As time went on, it started to look like he had decided staying home was going to be the best option for him.

After talking it over with his family, however, Motley was ready to make the call and committed to the Sooners four days before Christmas.

“I feel that I can do more things at OU, and it’s going to be a good home for me,” Motley said. “Oklahoma is great, and I can see myself there for the next 3-4 years. I love the people there.”

Motley said on his flights back home after his visit, he was definitely thinking about it. He made the trip to OU by himself with a mentality of he’s going to have to start making big-time decisions on his own anyway so why not start now?

Originally recruited as a cornerback back, Motley could get a look at receiver as well. In the end, don’t be surprised if the secondary is still his calling. For the visits this month, it has been defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks doing the talking.

Either way, Motley is pumped to be a Sooner. Defense, offense, it doesn’t really matter to Motley. He knows what he has to do.

“It’s just great because now I can focus on finishing my senior year and nothing else,” Motley said. “I can work on getting prepared to go to OU and be ready in the summer.”


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