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July 3, 2014

Green-Beckham lands as a member of the Sooners

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Five hours after SoonerScoop first broke news of Dorial Green-Beckham's arrival to Norman, Oklahoma announced him as a new addition to the Sooners' roster.

The former Missouri wide receiver was dismissed by MU coach Gary Pinkel on April 11 following an incident in which police were called after Green-Beckham broke into a Columbia, Mo., apartment and pushed a woman down at least four stairs.

That incident was the latest for the former No. 1 high school recruit in the country.

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In two years at MU, Green-Beckham was arrested twice for marijuana possession.

But those run-ins with the law didn't chase OU coach Bob Stoops away from recruiting him following his dismissal. OU was one of five schools -- including Alabama, Arkansas, MU and Texas -- who were finalist for Green-Beckham's services in 2012.

"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 owns the national high school record for receiving yards in a career and established state records at Hillcrest High in Springfield, Mo., as a prep senior.

As a 6-foot-6, 225-pound sophomore at MU, he caught 59 passes for 883 yards with 12 touchdowns. He understands the second chance he's been given.

"I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma," Green-Beckham said. "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."

Green-Beckham was allowed to speak with OU coaches on campus for the purposes of recruiting during the dead period after he signed a grant-in-aid agreement with the university. In such an agreement, the school is bound to it but the recruit is not.

Green-Beckham will no doubt appeal to play during the 2014 season. But Bylaw Blog proprietor and former NCAA compliance officer John Infante doesn't think Green-Beckham's case to play right away is a good one.

"That's gonna require, I think, a pretty difficult waiver case given the circumstances of his dismissal," Infante said. "He's going to have to start from a place of having to sit out for a year, and then have to argue for a justification for him being allowed to play right away.

"Frankly off the top of my head based on what I've seen reported, I can't come up with something that sounds like a clear winner."



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