Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham announced Thursday that he would be taking his supreme ability to Oklahoma, where he would be eligible to play in 2015.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound receiver whose talent on the field was only matched by his ability to get into trouble off of it, is expected to start taking classes and join in team activities immediately.
He was a Second Team All-SEC performer last season for the Tigers, before being dismissed after he allegedly broke into a student's apartment and assaulted a woman. That last year was productive, with Green-Beckham catching 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"There are people here who will help me build a strong foundation," Green-Beckham said in a University of Oklahoma press release. "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."
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, for his part, said he was "pleased" to accept Green-Beckham into the fold.
"He is a talented young man who is eager to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field," Stoops said in that same release.
It was considered a huge coup for Missouri when Green-Beckham signed with the school in 2011. The Springfield, Mo. native was the national player of the year in 2011 by Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine and USA Today and is still expected to be a top NFL Draft prospect once his collegiate playing career ends.
Green-Beckham's promise was sullied by personal issues.
In his freshman season, Green-Beckham and two other freshmen teammates were arrested on drug charges for possession of about 35 grams of marijuana. As a result, he was suspended from the next game, a 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt.
Green-Beckham was again arrested on drug-related charges in January, when he was originally arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, before having the charges dropped by police.
The burglary charge was the final straw for the Missouri coaching staff, and head coach Gary Pinkel dismissed him with a prepared statement on April 11.
Life as a Sooner
Where he goes from here will largely depend on Green-Beckham's capacity to avoid trouble while also continuing to produce against the top-level competition of the Big 12.
He shouldn't have any trouble facing the rather-loose defenses of the Big 12 after squaring off against Southeastern Conference opponents the last two years.
And if the Sooners open up their passing attack, there is no reason why Green-Beckham can't approach 1,200 yards and 10 or more touchdowns this next season.
If he managed to have that kind of success, he would have had the best season for an Oklahoma receiver since Ryan Broyles in 2010 (1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns) or Mark Clayton in 2003 (1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns).
Redshirt sophomore Trevor Knight is expected to be the quarterback throwing to Green-Beckham, after throwing for four touchdowns and 348 yards on his way to earning MVP honors in last year's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.
Knight's bright future should coincide with Green-Beckham's, creating a duo that could become one of the most potent passing attacks in college football.
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