The Oklahoma Sooners announced Thursday afternoon that Dorial Green-Beckham, former Missouri Tigers wide receiver, will join the football team and be eligible to play in 2015.
Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri, but has chosen to stay in the FBS ranks and play with a team that once recruited him as the top high school receiver in his class.
Via Sooner Sports:
“I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” said Green-Beckham. “There are people here who will help me build a strong foundation. I’ve disappointed myself and others in the past. I know that I have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started. OU is a great program and I feel privileged to be part of it. The university has made the expectations clear and I want to live up to them and be a positive part of the campus and team.”
Green-Beckham will be able to begin classes at the University, and will be able to participate in team activities. He will be eligible to play in 2015, but it would not hurt the Sooners to try and seek a waiver from the NCAA.
DGB, once a promising young receiver at Missouri, finds himself in an unexpected situation, but he can improve himself and help leave his past behind by making a new start at a place that is open to second chances.
The very image-conscientious program that OU football is will do everything they can to help DGB and they will undoubtedly be watching him closely.
Best case scenario, Green-Beckham does change and can make an impact on the football field.
In two seasons with Missouri, Green-Beckham recorded 1,278 receiving yards and caught 17 touchdown passes. DGB was a huge contributor to Missouri’s successful 2013 season, which ended in a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State, plus an appearance in the SEC Championship Game.
Score one for Norvell.