Trail to OU: Dahu Green

The top receiver in the state took the scenic route to Norman

It never really bothered Dahu Green that Oklahoma hadn’t offered him a scholarship.

He wasn’t worried. He had offers from other major conference programs, and growing up in Southern California, he wasn’t a life-long fan of the Sooners.

Green, who had 1,661 yards and 24 touchdowns in his two years at Moore (Okla.) Westmoore, committed to Louisville.

Later, he committed to Washington State.

Finally, Oklahoma came calling him back home. At first, he didn’t even care.

“When they offered me, I didn’t feel like it was a factor,” Green said. “It was so late in recruiting, and I was already committed to Washington State for so long and just building ties.”

It seemed like even with an offer on the table, Oklahoma was going to lose out on the top-rated receiver in the state – one with blessed hands and a feel for the end zone.

Then, things started to fall the way of the Sooners, leaving Green with a straight path to Norman – just a few miles south on Interstate 35.

New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley showed up with a purpose, and the Sooners had a growing need for wide receivers, especially the 6-foot-3 variety.

Green knew on his visit the weekend before National Signing Day that Norman would be the place for him, and he said he was ready to commit Sunday night to a school that he called “a receivers’ university.”

He slept on his decision and made the flip Monday, maybe with a little inside information as well. The coach that recruited Green to Washington State, receivers coach Dennis Simmons, soon accepted the same position at Oklahoma.

Green, who admitted that it was very tough to break the news to the Washington State coaching staff after he had flipped, had everything he could have wanted.

“I felt like it was the place I wanted to be,” said Green, who cancelled an official visit to Kentucky after choosing Norman.

On Wednesday – National Signing Day, Green had his suited laid out and ready. He had an upgraded Oklahoma hat, with a metallic interlocking OU to go along with a gray on gray suit with a crimson-colored tie. He was nervous for the “big decision” – the “heart-pounding moment.”

Green signed his letter of intent in front of a cheering collection of fellow students. His long journey to find a college was finally finished with the closest one.

“It was tough, but I had to make the best decision for me and my family,” Green said. “I feel like OU would be it.”

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