Dorial Green-Beckham was one of the more dangerous wide receivers in college football in 2013 for Missouri. But after being dismissed from the team, he has decided to transfer to Oklahoma.
SoonerSports.com confirmed the news Thursday:
Head coach Bob Stoops announced that wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has joined the University of Oklahoma football roster. Under NCAA rules, Green-Beckham can immediately enroll in classes and begin team activities. He would be eligible to compete in games for the Sooners beginning in 2015.
'We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career,' Stoops said. 'Dorial understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma Football program. He is a talented young man who is eager to get to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field.'
Green-Beckham shared his comments on the situation:
I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma. 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. I also want to thank Coach Gary Pinkel and the University of Missouri.
Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell posted this message and picture of Green-Beckham:
Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri in April after an incident in which a female student at the University claimed he pushed her down several stairs while trying to get into an apartment to see his girlfriend. He also had two marijuana-related arrests before that incident, and was suspended a game for the second arrest in October 2012.
He was initially suspended from the team before the decision came down to dismiss him altogether.
On the field, Green-Beckham was excellent for Missouri in 2013, catching 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. Had he been eligible for the 2014 NFL draft, he certainly would have declared. He wasn't, however, which perhaps explains his transfer to Oklahoma.
That will still be the case even if he never plays for the team, per Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report:
Unless DGB gets a waiver to play immediately, I doubt he'll play at Oklahoma even though he's officially a Sooner.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 3, 2014
Green-Beckham can practice with the squad, though, so even if he never steps on the field for the Sooners, he can use the next year to stay in football shape, continue to fine-tune his craft and take classes. In that regard, the transfer makes far more sense than simply sitting out a year until the draft without joining another program.
And perhaps he has decided that he will come back for a senior season, although that seems unlikely. There's little doubt that Green-Beckham has NFL talent. The questions teams will be more concerned with in a year, however, will be about his character and behavior.
A year in Oklahoma out of the spotlight might be just what he needs to start rebuilding his reputation.