REL grad to play hoops, football at McMurry
Montrel Motton will have a lot of eyes on him as he begins a new journey in his life. And he is excited about the opportunity.
The Baytown Lee standout signed a letter of intent to play football and basketball for McMurry University in Abilene Wednesday. The War Hawks are coming off a 2-8 campaign on the gridiron and 10-16 on the hardwood competing at the NCAA Division III level.
“They treated me like family,” Motton said of McMurry. “I get to play football and basketball. I will major in business and would like to become an entrepreneur.”
Motton has an impressive resume starting in football with All-District selections as a receiver and defensive back the past two seasons. He also garnered All-District recognition in basketball and carries a 3.6 grade point average.
“I am a student before an athlete,” he said.
He is also the first in his family to go to college. While a success story in its own right, Motton said the real success comes with results.
“It puts more pressure on me,” he said. “I don’t want to let my family down.”
Motton wants to not only grab a coveted degree, but also prove he was overlooked in the recruiting process. Despite earning recognition as one of the best athletes in a talented district, the recruiting process was a struggle.
“It only makes me grind harder,” he said. “Our school is really overlooked and I feel we have other athletes that can come out of here.”
Motton said he has been lifting weights in preparation for the upcoming football season. He is optimistic he can get on the field and make a contribution for the War Hawks as a freshman. He has also been working on his shot and ball handling for basketball. Motton said he will play both his freshman year and there is a possibility he could focus on one sport before graduation.
Lee offensive coordinator Dwayne Nunez expects Motton to enjoy success no matter where his path leads.
“He is a good player with great ball skills,” Nunez said. “He is not the fastest buy but can get his body in the right position.
“He is a great kid who understood the game offensively and defensively. We didn’t have to worry about him and we will miss his leadership. He got vocal when he needed to be and was a great example for the younger kids.