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Oklahoma transfer Cayden Green commits to Mizzou

One of the most sought-after players in the portal is coming home.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 23 Oklahoma at Cincinnati Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Remember when Eli Drinkwitz literally pulled up to Cayden Green’s high school in a dump truck? Those were fun days, huh?

Cayden Green was part of a three-headed monster of offensive line recruits from the 2023 class, only one of which Mizzou landed on the first go-around (we love you, Logan Reichert!) But that’s what makes the transfer portal so beautiful — you generally get a second chance with some of these guys.

Just a week after he transferred from Oklahoma, where he was perhaps the Sooners’ best offensive lineman as a true freshman, Cayden Green announced he will head east to play for your Missouri Tigers.

This commitment is — and I don’t think this needs to be said but it’s being said anyway — massive. Even in its current state as a great equalizer, the portal doesn’t often provide the type of player Green is: a young, blue-blood quality player with several years of eligibility and a full season’s worth of on-field seasoning. Green was a Pro Football Focus Freshman All-American for the Sooners and arguably one of Oklahoma’s best players. He’s not coming in with unrealized potential; he’s already that good.

Mizzou, losing Javon Foster and Xavier Delgado this offseason, needed to fortify its offensive line in a big way. Not only does Green accomplish that task, he arguably makes the ceiling of Mizzou’s line higher than it was last year.

That Mizzou was able to get a player of that caliber and weaken an in-conference rival in the process?

Get to know: Cayden Green

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Previous School: Oklahoma

Position: OT

Ht/Wt: 6’5”, 316 lbs

Rivals Transfer Ranking: 5.9, 4-star

247 Transfer Ranking: 95, 4-star