The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Norman North’s Duncan Parham II ready to ‘show how athletic I really am’

NORMAN – It was hard to miss the cast on Duncan Parham II’s left hand.

When he was in the game, it looked more like a club because of how much it had to be wrapped. It essentially made the linebacker at Norman North one-handed for most of his junior season. 

Parham still found a way to make an impact.

He broke his hand in a preseason scrimmage, but in the first game, he proceeded to have a pick-6 and nabbed the pass with his only available hand. Parham became a standout linebacker for the Timberwolves, leading them into the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. 

Even though Parham had to learn to play with essentially one side of his body, he stood out. 

Heading into his senior season, he’s back to full strength and excited to see what he can do.

“I don’t have anything to prove to outside people,” Parham said. “People couldn’t really watch me my junior year because of COVID, and I don’t have that much tape without the club on. This year, I’ll be able to show how athletic I really am.”

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect is expected to make contributions on both sides of the ball for Norman North this season, and he’s getting looks at the next level offensively and defensively.

Parham is No. 18 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top high school recruits in the 2022 class. He has offers from Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Tulsa and others.

“We knew early on he was going to be good,” Norman North coach Justin Jones said. “He has the size and the athleticism. His sophomore year, he did some things that you just knew he was going to be a special athlete, and he has become that.”

Most are recruiting him at linebacker, but others are intrigued to see what he can do offensively this season as a tight end. Parham’s father, Duncan Parham, played tight end for OU from 1986-88. 

Although Parham wasn’t able to play any offense last season because of his club, that will change this season. Jones said it will be pivotal to get him involved on offense, and Parham said he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing both sides.

Another big impact for Parham’s career has been former Timberwolves’ star Jordan Evans. The current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker had a standout career at Norman North and OU before entering the NFL, he has stayed involved at the high school level.

“(Jordan) has been like a big brother to me,” Parham said. “Even now, when he comes back and is training here, I go train with him. He has helped guide me through recruiting and even more. It’s easy to relate to him.”

Norman North linebacker/tight end Duncan Parham II is one of the top college prospects in Oklahoma.

Parham wears No. 6 on Friday nights, which is the same number Evans wore.

“I want to be better than him at everything he does, even though that’s an NFL player.” Parham said. “I’m not going to beat him in any workouts or beat him running, but if I’m putting in the effort to beat him every day, I’m going to get better.”

In addition to Parham’s Power-5 interest, he also has offers from numerous Ivy League programs. He has a 4.0 grade-point average, and his smarts in the classroom translate to success on the field. Jones said Parham’s knowledge on defense is a tremendous asset as a coach.

That’s why Jones and Parham are thrilled he won’t be playing one handed this year.

“We feel like Duncan’s the type of player who can play two ways for us,” Jones said. “Would’ve played last year both ways if he hadn’t broken his hand. He’s a dangerous weapon from an offensive perspective, especially when you get inside the red zone.”

Norman North linebacker/tight end Duncan Parham II works out with Timberwolves alum and current Cincinnati Bengal Jordan Evans.

The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Duncan Parham II | School: Norman North

Super 30 ranking: No. 18 | Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 225 pounds | Position: Linebacker

Recruited by: Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Tulsa

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Sunday with Nos. 18 and 17, Norman North’s Duncan Parham II and Owasso’s Jake Clifton. See No. 16 on the list in Monday’s editions of The Oklahoman.

Here are the last five players we’ve featured: 

No. 21: Jocelyn Malaska, WR/DB, Bethany

No. 20: NuNu Campbell, DB, Tulsa Holland Hall

No. 19: Tabry Shettron, TE, Edmond Santa Fe

No. 18: Duncan Parham II, LB, Norman North

No. 17: Jake Clifton, LB, Owasso

Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at or by using the link at the top of this page.