Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham visited the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday to see if the campus was a good fit. By the afternoon, Oklahoma announced that Green-Beckham will be joining the Sooners’ program immediately. Due to NCAA transfer rules, DGB won’t be able to play in a game until 2015.
Green-Beckham is entering his third year of college, therefore, he didn’t have to sign up for a big time university for the 2014 season. After his dismissal from Missouri, he could have exhausted quite a few options.
DGB could have gone the workout route for the 2014 season. He’ll be eligible for the 2015 NFL draft, so it was conceivable for Green-Beckham to forgo the rest of his college years. He could have also dropped to the FCS level, and played right away.
Instead, it looks like Dorial Green-Beckham chose the tougher road ahead. It’s good that Green-Beckham will be enrolling in class for the summer. Although it’s not likely to happen, Oklahoma is pursuing a waiver for immediate eligibility. If the ruling goes in Oklahoma’s favor, the Sooners might be the favorite to win the national championship.
Green-Beckham was kicked off of the Missouri team in April, so he really had no place to go. After multiple incidents following Missouri’s SEC East winning season, the Tigers also had no choice but to cut ties, for DGB to get a fresh start.
Dorial Green-Beckham accounted for 87 receptions and 17 touchdown catches in two seasons with the Missouri Tigers. However, DGB had a huge sophomore season with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The most important part of the process is for DGB to keep his head on straight and stay away from negative occurrences. It’s not likely to be his last chance, but it could be his last benefit of the doubt. There’s no question that his draft stock has taken a hit, but with a solid couple of years, he can get his football life back on track.
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