Former No. 1 recruit Dorial Green-Beckham could sit out 2014 season


The dismissed Missouri star was reportedly expected to give an FCS team a big talent boost.

Update, May 27: CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports dismissed Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham could sit out the 2014 season instead of transferring to Eastern Illinois. That would mean a similar route to the NFL Draft as the one traveled by former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

Green-Beckham was named one of Mocking the Draft's top 64 prospects for the 2015 Draft, but sitting out a full season could change things quite a bit.

Original, April 29: After being dismissed from the Missouri football team earlier this month, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has reportedly found a new home. According to Josh Newberg of 247 Sports, Green-Beckham will "likely" transfer to FCS Eastern Illinois next season, meaning he would be eligible to play immediately.

Green-Beckham was dismissed after forcing his way into an apartment and allegedly pushing a woman, who fell down the stairs.

The move is still unsettled, however, according to Green-Beckham's family:

The former No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2012, Green-Beckhman had a breakout season as a sophomore last year, finishing with 883 yards and 12 touchdowns on 59 receptions. Landing the former top recruit would obviously be a coup for an FCS program, but according to Newberg, another former SEC player may join Green-Beckham in Charleston, Illinois — former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow could be EIU-bound.

The Panthers were the second seed in the 2013 FCS Playoffs, and although they were upset by Towson in the quarterfinals, they finished at the top of the NCAA computer rankings at the end of the regular season.

The team loses star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — a solid NFL Draft prospect — and head coach Dino Babers, who left for the Bowling Green job. However, with the potential influx of SEC talent, EIU would have some nice weapons to make a run at the FCS title.

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