Two years ago, the Oklahoma Sooners were aggressively pursuing top high school recruit Dorial Green-Beckham. The idea was that he could team with Trey Metoyer and give Oklahoma one of the best wide receiver tandems in the nation. Things didn’t work out well for Oklahoma with either of those players. However, the Sooners’ official site announced on Thursday that Dorial Green-Beckham has now joined the Sooners and can start playing in 2015.
Of course, the Sooners lost out on the Green-Beckham sweepstakes to the Missouri Tigers. The talented wide receiver then played for two seasons with Missouri and caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons with Missouri. He caught 12 of those touchdowns in 2013, which was tied for the lead in the SEC. However, his time with the Tigers ended when the team indefinitely suspended him.
Green-Beckham allegedly shoved a female down some stairs and forced his way into an apartment. While he was suspended, there were no charges filed in the case. The big problem here was this was not a first offense for the wide receiver. Dorial Green-Beckham was also arrested twice for marijuana possession. Despite no criminal charges in the third case, Missouri cut ties after the three strikes.
There was a chance that Green-Beckham would just sit out and then enter the 2014 NFL Draft. There were also rumors that he could transfer to a smaller school like Eastern Illinois. However, he has now joined the Oklahoma Sooners. According to Jason Kersey from the Oklahoman newspaper, the Sooners are pursuing a waiver for eligibility for the 2014 college football season.
It should be noted that the player that Oklahoma wanted to pair Dorial Green-Beckham up with before is no longer with the Oklahoma Sooners. Trey Metoyer was also a highly recruited wide receiver, and much like Green-Beckham, he got into some trouble in his first few years. Also like Green-Beckham, Metoyer was kicked off the team as well. There has to be hope that Green-Beckham won’t be a repeat offender at Oklahoma.