Stoops has known Green-Beckham and his family for years and spoke about that relationship last week at Big 12 media days.
The only other person within the program who could say he knows Green-Beckham more is wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. It sort of startled Norvell to realize he has been talking to Green-Beckham since his freshman year of high school and now he’s a junior in college.
“Wish he could be here for five years.”
When it came to whether or not OU could be the place for Green-Beckham’s second chance, Norvell never doubted the decision.
“The biggest thing is you try to teach them so they learn from it and be productive citizens,” Norvell said. “You don’t look at Dorial any different than any other kid. The comfort level was there because we knew him better than just about any recruit we’ve ever recruited.
“Once we got a chance to sit down and talk, it felt good. I said I’ve never recruited a player longer than I’ve recruited you. I got to know him as a freshman in high school and now he’s a junior in college.”
Green-Beckham had two productive seasons on the field at Missouri but off the field issues plagued the former five-star prospect as well. Following a litany of issues, he was dismissed from the Tigers in April.
It looked like Eastern Illinois was going to be his option until rumors started swirling in June about OU showing some real interest. Didn’t know how much interest until earlier this month when Green-Beckham and his family made a trip to Norman to work out a financial aid agreement to get him to be a Sooner.
From talking to Green-Beckham as a high school kid to talking to him now, Norvell said he hasn’t really noticed much of a difference.
“He’s more worldly,” Norvell said. “He’s had some experiences happen to him that he is learning from. His personality is very similar. He’s a good kid, a happy-go-lucky kid. He just wants to ball.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Green-Beckham will get a chance to ball this season for the Sooners as his appeal is still being drawn up by the OU program.
As huge of a difference Green-Beckham would make on the field, because there’s no doubt he would, Norvell said the off the field support and environment is even more important.
“He’s a talented guy,” Norvell said. “It’s always exciting to teach our players our way of doing things and instill those things into the players. We’ve dealt with each other for a long time off the field. Wish he could be here for five years, known him for five years.
“In recruiting, you gravitate to some kids. We’ve always had a good relationship. Laughing around and joking and telling him things straight. I just felt like we know a lot about him and his background and how he grew up. It gave us a comfort level that we can provide a type of environment that can help him thrive.”