The Oklahoma Sooners closed the 2019 recruiting cycle with a top five class in hand. However, the program lost an incoming freshman and signee after Derek Green decided to part ways with the university on Wednesday afternoon.
BREAKING: Incoming #Sooners freshman defensive tackle Derek Green has decided to leave OU. His father Arlandis Green confirmed the departure to our @JLMcCuistion. More from Josh on @SoonerScoopCC ($) https://t.co/4xjaFeqfuD
— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) February 13, 2019
First reported by Josh McQuistion of Sooner Scoop, the father of the defensive tackle confirmed the news. Currently, it sounds as if Green made the decision to serve with the Armed Forces of the United States. “I am playing to go serve our country proudly.” said the recruit. Continuing the statement, the Oklahoma Sooners remain outside Green’s future as he said he would hit the transfer portal if he changes his mind.
"I am planning to go serve our country proudly and hit the portal if I change my mind." – #Sooners incoming freshman DL Derek Green, announcing he is leaving #OU. @JLMcCuistion has a lot more info, too, right here: ($) https://t.co/pTELr3SldS
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) February 13, 2019
If a time comes when Green chooses to return to the gridiron, expect the talented defensive lineman to file for immediate eligibility. But, how can you be upset with a kid choosing to serve his country?
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale