Kersey: OU pursuing immediate waiver for DGB http://t.co/GZOWl08BuP
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Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has opted to continue his college football career at Oklahoma. After months of speculation that ventured from Eastern Illinois to simply sitting out the season, Beckham met with Sooners’ coaches today in Norman and made his decision. As it currently stands, Beckham would not be eligible until the 2015 season outside of practicing and working out with the team, but the Sooners are hoping they can get a waiver that would allow him to play immediately.
Beckham was kicked out of Missouri after a few ugly off field incidents, which is what put him in this position in the first place. Generally, the NCAA is only inclined to grant waivers in cases of family crisis or a medical issue. This could make it unlikely that Beckham will play this year at Oklahoma. Further, most believe that Beckham is going to declare for the NFL Draft immediately after this season and if the waiver is denied, Beckham will have done nothing for the Sooners on the field.
For that reason, going to an FCS program always made the most sense and EIU seemed like a logical place to play. They would allow him to play immediately, so he could get the opportunity to put another season of work in before going to the NFL. Beckham is regarded as a tremendous talent with his size and speed. Purely on the field, the expectation is that Beckham would have been a first round pick. It is conceivable he still could be, but the off field issues from his time in Columbia paint an unpleasant picture and teams will do a substantial amount of digging into them.