Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from the Tigers football team in April, is poised to join the University of Oklahoma football team, Oklahoma announced Thursday. He is not expected to be eligible to play until 2015 but can enroll in classes at the university and participate in team activities.
Green-Beckham was named a suspect in a burglary incident in early April but Columbia, Mo., police announced they would not arrest him. According to the police report, Green-Beckham forced his way into an apartment, then pushed an 18-year-old woman down the stairs. The woman later told police she didn't want to prosecute.
The Sooners recruited Green-Beckham out of Springfield, Mo., where he was the USA TODAY Sports Offensive Player of the Year as a high school senior. The addition gives an already dynamic offense another solid option.
"We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "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 said, "I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma. 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. I also want to thank Coach Gary Pinkel and the University of Missouri."
Green-Beckham, who would have been a junior at Missouri this fall, tied for the SEC touchdown receptions lead last season with 12. In two seasons with the Tigers, Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 TDs.