It’s time for opening statements.
Wide receiver No. 3
DGB background: In two years at Missouri, Dorial Green-Beckham had more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was a top-flight recruit out of high school, who just barely selected Missouri instead of Oklahoma two years ago. He has an eligibility issue and the debate will rage on over his past life choices, but on the field, his impact is undeniable. He would change the face of the Oklahoma offense, giving quarterback Trevor Knight an incredible weapon opposite Sterling Shepard.
Case for DGB: The man speaks for himself. He was a star in high school. He was a star in Missouri. He’ll be a star at Oklahoma. His height is unmatched. He’s an immediate game changer and could be the most dominant red zone threat in the country. Plus, he has taken to the Oklahoma way – working hard than he ever did and Missouri and learning from his past mistakes.
Quick background: Recruited out of California, Quick was considered one of the top athletes in the country. During his senior year, he averaged almost 20 yards per reception and had more than 2,000 yards on 117 catches in his last two years of high school.
Case for Quick: There’s a level of adjustment when it comes to playing immediately in college, especially at a major program like Oklahoma. Quick doesn’t seem to care. He’s constantly on the list of the most impressive players (not just young players). He has a case of the droppsies, but we’ll chalk that up to first-week nerves. When he hangs on to the ball, there might not be a more dynamic threat out of the slot on this team.
Young background: Like Quick, Young gives Oklahoma great size out of the slot. Large receivers with quickness are rare. At 6-foot, Young isn’t a giant, but he dwarfs the usual slot guys. He hasn’t seen any playing time in games, but the redshirt freshman has been versatile, showing ability in the slot and on the outside. And he has a growing reputation of being sure-handed.
Case for Young: What do you want in a slot receiver? Quickness and sure hands. Young has both of those. He’ll be a big slot guy, able to go across the middle and not look like a pee wee player. It’s really his hands, though. He understands the role of slot after a year in the program, and did I mention his great hands.
Hite’s verdict: Durron Neal isn’t included in this list because he seems to have penciled himself in to No. 2. To me though, this list doesn’t come down to play on the field. If DGB is eligible, he’s the starter opposite Shepard and Neal finds a place in the slot. If DGB is not eligible, Quick’s potential and game-breaking ability is just too much to pass on in the slot. But hands are too … Oklahoma Game 1 starter at No. 3 wide receiver is K.J. Young.