And what a trip it was to get him to Norman. DGB exploded onto the scene at Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest and made his mark early. Even in his freshman season, it became obvious he was going to be among the top recruits for the Class of 2012.
Sure enough, he was. Green-Beckham put on one dazzling performance after another and his combination of size, speed, hands and skill set him apart from everybody else in what was a loaded receiver class for 2012.
Green-Beckham visited OU four times before his senior season, and there were multiple times where it felt like the Sooners were going to be his choice.
Green-Beckham saved his best performance for last as he had a ridiculous 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior at Springfield Hillcrest.
But throughout his senior season, he never took that expected visit to Norman. Not on an unofficial or an official visit. Still there was no reason to believe the Sooners had fallen out of favor until you started to realize that was exactly what had happened.
All along, it felt like it was a battle between OU and Missouri to land the five-star prospect. The Sooners had already nabbed one major Missouri product for the class with wide receiver Durron Neal, and OU was going for the ultimate receiver combo from the Show Me State.
Other schools came in the process but left almost as quickly as they came in. It was apparent Green-Beckham was going to stay closer to home with OU, Missouri and Arkansas the three favorites down the stretch.
A month before signing day and things started to become crystal clear. The Tigers were the team to beat. Gary Pinkel had made a huge impression on Green-Beckham and his parents, most notably arriving to Springfield Hillcrest in a helicopter during the closing months of recruiting.
It came as no surprise when DGB selected Missouri on national signing day. What came as a surprise were his struggles off the field during his time in Columbia.
A single game suspension in 2012 for being arrested and charged with marijuana possession was the start of admittedly bad decisions on his part.
Green-Beckham was arrested again in January for the same charge, but it was later dropped. The bottom fell out in April when he allegedly forced his way into an apartment in Columbia and pushed a young woman down some stairs.
Following that event, he was dismissed from Missouri and apologized for all his transgressions.
“I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension, I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying.”
It all culminated last week with a return to a familiar place at OU and being given that second chance by Stoops and Norvell. It won’t be easy, and obviously DGB will be placed under a huge microscope for every little action he does, but it’s the chance he was looking for.
Green-Beckham hasn’t been a disappointment on the field as nobody would consider him a bust with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. But his maturity off the field will determine how the DGB story is told in the future.
Green-Beckham has finally made it to OU. Will it have a happy ending?