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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU Secondary Depth Bolstered By Emerging True Freshmen Cobb, Motley

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True freshmen Parrish Cobb and Parnell Motley have played their way into the rotation at cornerback as the Sooners look to replace the leadership and production lost by the departure of Zack Sanchez.

Parrish Cobb
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Last February, longtime OU commit and Waco native Parrish Cobb made the decision days before National Signing Day to stay close to home and sign with the Baylor instead. As the unraveling of the Bears program would continue to unfold for months after, the promising four-star recruit was granted a release and found his way back to Oklahoma, rejecting the advancements of Alabama, TCU and Texas, among countless others along the way. And his decision seems to already be paying off.

Coach Stoops mentioned in yesterday’s presser that Cobb, who despite only being on campus a short while, has continued to impress through the summer, and finds himself ahead of sophomore P.J. Mbanasor and just behind senior starter Dakota Austin at field corner on the depth chart. Cobb’s senior highlights below show the instincts and natural ability coaches have raved about when describing the 5’11”, 175-lb, true freshman’s ascent. And the experience of also having played wide receiver in high school has undoubtedly added to his readiness in learning and reacting to his opponent’s tendencies at the next level.

The recruitment and early development of Parrish Cobb is a well-deserved victory for OU defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks, as the relationship built over time with him and the rest of the Sooners’ staff reinforced the young corner’s original decision that he belongs in the crimson and cream after all.

Another true freshman making waves this offseason is 6’0”, 180-lb, Parnell Motley, who was also mentioned by Coach Stoops to be part of the mix in the secondary, and expects to work in at boundary corner behind starter and All-American candidate Jordan Thomas and converted-WR junior Michiah Quick.

The former three-star recruit and Maryland commit also hopes that his experience on the offensive side of the ball in high school will help in developing into a dependable cover corner at the college level. Also recruited by the likes of Clemson, LSU and Michigan State, it was Motley’s childhood friend and fellow Class of 2016 signee Abdul Adams who helped land him in Norman over all other formidable suitors.

Another look at Parnell Motley’s versatility: