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July 4, 2014

Green-Beckham lands in Norman

NORMAN — Oklahoma signed former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham several hours after he visited OU’s campus Thursday.

Per the school, the former five-star recruit will sit out this coming season and be eligible to play in 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career,” OU 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.”

The former five-star recruit arrived at the Switzer Center around 8:30 a.m. and spent three hours touring facilities and the campus. He was hosted by OU receivers coach Jay Norvell and recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy. Green-Beckham’s father and high school coach, John, and his brother Darnell accompanied them. Green-Beckham was the No. 1 wide receiver in the country coming out of Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., in 2012.

OU was one of Green-Beckham’s finalists, but he ultimately stayed in-state and signed with the Tigers.

During his two seasons at Missouri, Green-Beckham lived up to the prep accolades. He had 87 receptions for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns over the course of his career at Missouri.

However, off-the-field troubles piled up during his time at Missouri and he was kicked out of school in April.

The final straw came when Green-Beckham was investigated for forcing his way into the apartment of his former girlfriend and allegedly pushing a woman down a flight of stairs at a Columbia, Mo., apartment complex on April 6. Local authorities closed the case when both women declined to press charges. Missouri still dismissed Green-Beckham from school five days later.

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