Dorial Green-Beckham, who was considered the nation’s top recruit when he signed with Missouri three years ago, told his coach he will enter the NFL Draft.
Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri to Oklahoma after last year, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that DGB told him a week ago that he would turn pro.
Green-Beckman’s college playing career lasted two seasons at Missouri and included several off-field incidents that led to coach Gary Pinkel dismissing him last April.
There had been two drug-related arrests, and the dismissal was prompted by an incident in which he allegedly forced opened an apartment door and pushed an 18-year-old woman down a flight of steps. He was not charged in the incident.
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Green-Beckham, the top-ranked prospect by Rivals.com out of Hillcrest High in Springfield, caught 28 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.
He broke out as a sophomore, with 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns, including two against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. Green-Beckham was chosen second-team All-SEC for 2013.
He was accepted at Oklahoma before the 2014 season, but the Sooners were denied a waiver that would have made Green-Beckham eligible immediately. He sat out the year as a transfer and would have been eligible for the 2015 season.
Instead, it appears the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Green-Beckham will end his troubled college career and try to start one in the NFL.
“He obviously has a lot of red flags, but he can play …” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said Tuesday. “If he was clean off the field, he would be a top-20 pick.”
The Star’s Terez A. Paylor contributed to this report