Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once the No. 1 high-school prospect in the country, might sit out the 2014 season, Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com reports.
Green-Beckham was dismissed by the Tigers last month due to a violation of team rules. One report linked the receiver to an alleged burglary at a Columbia apartment complex. Green-Beckham was rumored to be headed to Eastern Illinois for the 2014 season, but sources told Fowler that the receiver might not play football this season and simply enter the NFL draft next spring.
Sources from FCS-level Eastern Illinois -- where Green-Beckham was rumored to play next year – said the Panthers have not had contact with Green-Beckham and have been led to believe he's leaning toward sitting in 2014.
Prior to his dismissal, Green-Beckham reportedly also had two marijuana-related arrests during his time in Columbia. When Missouri officially dismissed Green-Beckham on April 11, Tigers' coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement that the receiver's first priority should be off the field.
“Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs," Pinkel said. "As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”
Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He had 6,353 receiving yards and 75 scores in his career at Hillcrest High, in Springfield, Mo., where he was the nation's top-ranked prospect in the 2012 recruiting class. Green-Beckham was set to kick off his junior season this fall as Mizzou's leading returning receiver.