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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
DGB: What SEC-bound Mizzou needed

By David Ubben


Important only begins to describe what Dorial Green-Beckham's letter of intent to play football at Missouri means to the program.

It's huge in a literal, on-field sense, and moved Mizzou's class to No. 21 nationally.

It might be even bigger off the field as Mizzou leaves the Big 12 for the SEC. The state isn't known for being one that consistently churns out top-notch talent, but the Springfield, Mo., native lends even more legitimacy to a growing program. Mizzou's experienced historic success over the past six seasons as one of just a handful of programs to win eight games in each of those years.

The Tigers don't have the kind of history many of their new rivals in the SEC have, but DGB's move to Mizzou lends a whole lot of credibility to what has been one of the most productive offenses in the nation during the school's recent rise.

Green-Beckham was easily the best player in Missouri, and could develop into a truly transcendent talent. What do transcendent talents do? Attract even more talent. DGB may become one of Missouri's most valuable recruiters, both symbolically and literally, when top recruits make future visits to Columbia's campus.

DGB came. Why can't future top recruits?

On the field, Green-Beckham offers the Tigers exactly what they needed. The past two seasons, Mizzou's remained productive without a big-play receiver that ranked among the league's most physically gifted.

That changes now.

When the Tigers' offense had gamebreakers like Jeremy Maclin and Danario Alexander, it was at its best.

DGB's arrival could signify a move back to those days.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver should replace departed tight end Michael Egnew's presence in the red zone, too. DGB has a great ability to catch balls at the highest point, and it's hard to imagine the physically-imposing target not becoming a reliable option there.

Missouri's move to the SEC has spawned plenty of questions about how Mizzou will be able to recruit in Texas. That strategy may have to shift to the south, but any transition is going to be simpler if the Tigers can keep their home state's top prospects home.

DGB is No. 1. Evan Boehm, the nation's No. 2 offensive guard, was the state's No. 2 player and No. 42 on the ESPNU 150.

Both are headed to Mizzou, and will play their college careers in the SEC. Four of Missouri's top six players in its 2012 class are in-state prospects.

That's exactly what Mizzou needed to hear on Wednesday morning.