Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Missouri gets top WR Green-Beckham
By Edward Aschoff
Missouri will be bringing a big-time wideout to the SEC East in 2012.
The Tigers got great news Wednesday morning when No. 1 wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./
Hillcrest) picked Missouri over longtime favorite Arkansas.
Arkansas was considered No. 1 for most of Green-Beckham's recruitment, but his visit to Missouri last weekend appeared to change everything.
Missouri was in search of a game-changing receiver and might have found it in Green-Beckham. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder isn't just a big target for quarterback James Franklin but he has great speed as well. He draws comparisons to Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson, who did pretty well for themselves in college and aren't too shabby at the pro level, either. Green-Beckham holds the national record for career high school receiving yards with 6,353 and caught 300 passes and scored 75 touchdowns in his career.
Green-Beckham should compete for immediate playing time at Missouri. He is quite the welcoming gift for the Tigers as they get ready to make the transition to the SEC this fall.
For Arkansas, this is a pretty big blow to this class. While the Razorbacks are expected to sign some quality receivers, including No. 27 wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.) and No. 28 receiver Keon Hatcher, Arkansas' staff put a lot of work into getting Green-Beckham. To lose him so late is tough. He could have really flourished in Bobby Petrino's offense.
The Hogs still have hope to add to the position, as No. 1 athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) has yet to sign anywhere and is still considering Arkansas.