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Oklahoma Freshman Explains Abrupt Transfer Decision

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There have been plenty of odd college football transfer sagas this offseason. But few have been quite as odd as the case of Oklahoma freshman defensive tackle Derek Green, who recently gave a more detailed explanation for his departure.

In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Green revealed what happened between his decision to join the Sooners and his decision to leave. Several weeks ago, Green announced he would be leaving Oklahoma and joining the military before backtracking and entering the NCAA transfer portal instead.

Green explained that while his father initially wanted him to go to the military if he didn't stay at school, his family ultimately encouraged him to stay at school. Green agreed, and chose to transfer to another school rather than enter the military.

“As I got here, my family really wasn’t happy with me just settling and going to the military,” Green said this week from his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. “So they told me they wanted to check on me and go back to school.”

One of the several factors in his decision was the fact that Oklahoma defensive assistant Ruffin McNeill, the coach who recruited him, was moved to coaching linebackers instead of interior defensive linemen.

Green said McNeill’s shift to coaching outside linebackers had some influence on his decision but was far from the only factor. The two have known each other since Green was a freshman in high school.

“I ain’t going to lie, that did have a little part to it but I saw him every day,” Green said. “He might not be coaching me, but I seen him every day. Ain’t nothing changed about him.”

Green ultimately felt that Oklahoma wasn't the best fit for him anymore and harbors no ill-will towards the school.

As a prospect, Green was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2019. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 721 prospect in the country, the No. 57 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 32 prospect from the state of North Carolina.

[The Oklahoman]