The former No. 1 recruit in the nation and offensive star of Missouri’s 2013 SEC East championship run, Dorial Green-Beckhma, is transferring to Oklahoma.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) July 3, 2014
It’s unlikely Green-Beckham will gain eligibility for the Sooners in 2014. He would need an NCAA hardship waiver to begin playing out the first of his two remaining years at Oklahoma. Green-Beckham reportedly considered Eastern Illinois; NCAA rules allow transfers from FBS to FCS to play immediately.
There’s no question Green-Beckham could be a game-changing performer for the Sooners whenever he is able to don the crimson-and-cream. He hauled in 883 yards in 2013 and proved himself to be one of the nation’s most reliable red-zone threats with 12 touchdown receptions.
With his size and skill set, Dorial Green-Beckham is reminiscent of a young Terrell Owens. His potential isn’t in question; his ability to meet that potential very much is.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel indefinitely suspended and later dismissed Green-Beckham after the star wide receiver was investigated by Columbia, Missouri police, in an incident involving his girlfriend and her roommate. They declined to pursue prosecution, and Green-Beckham was never arrested.
But prompted by two previous arrests on drug charges, Pinkel let Green-Beckham go. The coach said the following in a published statement in April:
Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.
That fresh start comes from Bob Stoops, who commended Green-Beckham’s dedication to making good on his renewed opportunity via SoonerSports.com.
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.
Responses were predictable; some more predictable than others:
In reading Bob Stoops' comments, I thought for a moment he was nominating DGB for a Nobel Prize.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 3, 2014
Supporters of the move lauded Oklahoma’s “support system” as the right fit for Green-Beckham going forward.
— Pete Moris (@PeteMoris) July 3, 2014
But the move comes with a level of understandable skepticism.
DGB to Oklahoma? Not a good look, Bob Stoops.
— Randy Gyorko (@gyorkocfn) July 3, 2014
Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman cited Trey Metoyer, another highly touted wide receiver recruit who ran afoul of the law.
I'm sure OU football has a great support system, but it's the same support system that was there for Trey Metoyer. How'd that work out?
— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) July 3, 2014
Metoyer was placed on indefinite suspension in October following an arrest for felony indecent exposure. SoonerScoop.com broke the story.
Of course, Metoyer and Green-Beckham are different people. A change of scenery can do wonders for a troubled athlete; one such example is former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.
Perrilloux landed at FCS Jacksonville State in 2008 after various incidents in his time at LSU. Perrilloux finished his college career with a great run at JSU, landed with the New York Giants and received his degree.
Hopefully Dorial Green-Beckham can follow the right path now that he’s chosen a new road.