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Highly sought WR recruit gets big welcome at Missouri basketball game

dorial green beckham

Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about a recruit — albeit a highly-touted one — at a basketball game. So, yes, we recognize that it’s a slow Saturday, so please save your “Who cares!”, “Yawn”, etc. Thank you.

That said, there are certainly more than a few fans at Texas, Arkansas and Missouri who would be interested to know the intent of star wide receiver from Hillcrest HS (MO), Dorial Green-Beckham. Those three schools are considered to be the finalist for the No. 1 recruit in the country according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com, although DGB, as he’s affectionately known, has yet to tip his hand as to which school leads in his recruitment.

With signing day around the corner — next Wednesday, to be specific — DGB made one final visit, this time to home-state team Missouri at a basketball game against Texas Tech. The receiver was met with an adoring crowd, cheers and “M-I-Z-D-G-B” chants during the game.

Clever.

Whether it’ll be enough to sway the highly-sought in-state talent remains to be seen — personally, I was impressed by Gary Pinkel’s helicopter entrance, although that could be as simple as not being able to drive — but thankfully for Mizzou fans, they’ll only have to wait a few more days.

(Photo courtesy of Rivals.com) 

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35 Responses to “Highly sought WR recruit gets big welcome at Missouri basketball game”
  1. raiderredleg says: Jan 29, 2012 8:35 AM

    Kudos to Pinkel putting out all the stops for this recruit (and managing to stay sober), but not sure why in the end DGB would pick MIZZOU.

    If he wants to play in the SEC (ala’ Julio Jones picking Alabama over OU), Arkansas would be a better fit since they have a better QB and overall offensive scheme (MIZZOU has a good spread offense and Franklin has upside, but nothing close to Tyler Wilson playing in Petrino’s scheme).

    If DGB #1 priority isn’t to play in the SEC picking Texas over MIZZOU would seem to be a no brainer since MIZZOU is going to get pumpelled in football in the SEC (after consistly getting outclassed in the past by the football programs in the Big 12 South).

  2. richatthelake says: Jan 29, 2012 8:50 AM

    The reason Mizzou & Arkansas are at the top of his list is he wants to stay close to home to be near his brother who has a very rare form of leukemia & he wants his family to be able to drive to his home games on Saturday morning. His father coaches HS FB on Friday nights. Mizzou & Arkansas are about the same distance from his home in Springfield. Austin is an 8-hour drive.

  3. addict2sport says: Jan 29, 2012 9:17 AM

    Who cares! Yawn! etc.

  4. kcrobert10 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:35 AM

    The 1st post is just down right crazy. Come on man mizzou will be fine in the sec. U say the couldn’t compare with the big 12 south but they did finishing 4th this yr ahead of Texas and only behind ok st, kst, and ou. As for ur can he be successful there I would point out that pinkel as put more players into the NFL than even the most highly thought of schools in the country. Including last yr two top 10 guys and most recent wr include gage, maclin, and Alexander. Yes ark does have the better qb but he will only be there one more yr. Also mu has already got 4 star qb mock who is a friend of his on board. We will find out on wed who is right though. Just don’t hate what is a fine instition and a good football program. M-i-z-z-o-u…

  5. dryzzt23 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:35 AM

    Raiderredleg

    First off the word is Spelled P-U-M-E-L-L-E-D, not “pumpelled”.

    HS players don’t pick a school based on the conference. The conference, especially the SEC, doesn’t give a damn about the players or the rules. I have yet to see conference recruiters scouring the country for HS football players.

    It would be wise for him to use some foresight here since in a year or two, he might see things differently depending on his brothers condition and ability to travel to his games. I think if he went to Texas or Notre Dame or some SEC cupcake like Miss St or Tennessee, I’d be willing to bet that he’d want to transfer thus costing himself a year of his life.

    Stay home DGB b/c you’d be a star at Mizzou whereas if you went elsewhere they’d be like DGB – who the eff is that?

  6. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:43 AM

    There are many people who care, at least those who really care about college football. DGB will be a major “difference maker” where ever he goes. To be sure Arkansas needs him less than anyone else as they are loaded at every offensive position, but he would make a immediate impact there as well. And anyone who knows anything about college football knows that Petrino and his offense will prepare any receiver better for the next level than any team in the country. DGB will florush anywhere he goes, but will do better for himself at Arkansas.

  7. jason1214 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:10 AM

    I agree with addict2sports,

    who cares, its the kids choice and if he wants to stay close to home, good for him.

  8. vols84 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:31 AM

    I would go to Mizzou. Petrino won’t be at Arkansas after next year. He is probably already looking for his next job.

  9. raiderredleg says: Jan 29, 2012 10:45 AM

    @ mrslay1

    Agree completely…Arkansas will be an interesting program to watch the next year if they can take the next step in their program similar to Oklahoma State did the last couple of years by winning the Big 12 and playing in a BCS game.

    @ dryzzt23

    Apologize for the mis-spellings, but I still stick to my point. Julio Jones was a highly heralded HS prospect coming out of Oklahoma, but chose an already great Alabama program over OU and being a hometown legend and in the end and ended up a top NFL draft pick…Same thing can happen for DGB if he pick Arkansas over MIZZOU.

    If Notre Dame is in the mix still for him than that would also be an outstanding place for him. With their exposure on NBC (including this site) and his God given talents, he would have a great chance to be a multiple biletnikoff award winner and Heisman Trophy possibility. That fan base has been dying for a resurgence and if DGB could play a part of that the skys the limit.

    It was a no brainer for MIZZOU to leave the Big 12 for more money and exposure in the SEC (I believe the Longhorn Network will eventually be the end of the of the conference), but I just can’t see how they will be able to (either next year or years down the road) be a top five football program in the SEC.

    Several good NFL players from MIZZOU (although I would argue that D. Alexander isn’t and Gabbert certainly doesn’t seem as NFL ready as advertised), but I see the future as MUCH brighter in Fayetteville, South Bend, or Austin than Columbia.

    DGB would be well served to keep that all in mind when he chooses where to go.

  10. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:04 AM

    Petrino is not going anywhere. Like Sabin he tried the waters of the NFL and found them not to his talents. He is one of the hightest paid coaches in the country and does not have a alma mater he would like to go back to like Urban Meyer. He is in his perfect job, loves the Ozarks and has a freshman QB in waiting who will be his best yet. Of coarse the loser vols would love to have Petrino since they can’t find a good coach for their loser program. To be sure they are getting what they deserve for what they did to Fulmer as well as making the worst hire in history with Lame Wimpin!

  11. pastortodd78 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    @raiderredleg. Last time I checked Julio Jones did pick staying in his hometown state. Foley, Alabama (where he grew up and went to high school) is in Alabama not Oklahoma.

  12. bigdinla says: Jan 29, 2012 11:26 AM

    @raiderredleg – Julio Jones was from Foley Alabama not Oklahoma.

    @mrslay1 – Petrino is great at getting WR’s ready for the NFL? Really name 1 starter in the NFL that was coached by Petrino. Missouri at least has Maclin as a starting WR.

    As for Texas or Oklahoma, they are both about the same as Arkansas in ability to groom NFL WR’s. Which is to say not very good. Pro set Wr’s almost always do better in the pros than kids from spread offenses.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Jan 29, 2012 12:03 PM

    bigdinla: Petrino’s first recruiting class at Arkansas just finished their redshirt-junior or senior seasons. Petrino joined Ark in December of 2007, which I’m sure you realize isn’t ideal when NSD is just a couple months later. Nonetheless, the brothers Petrino turned a defensive back (Joe Adams), a 5’10″ guy (Jarius Wright), and a three-star guy (Greg Childs) into potential NFL draft picks. Those guys may or may not be drafted early, but they’ve been Arkansas’ producers at WR the entire Petrino era. Their true freshman year (Petrino’s first there), Adams and Wright were the second- and third-most-productive WRs on the roster, and Childs added 18/273/2. Lucas Miller was the top receiver, and London Crawford 4th, but the then-sophomore trio as well as true freshman Cobi Hamilton all easily beat them out on the depth chart for 2009, and now the trio just exhausted eligibility (pending a potential medical redshirt for one of them).

    You can criticize Petrino for not having produced an NFL draft pick at WR in that time, but the simple fact is that his receivers are just now going to be in the NFL draft, so such criticism isn’t really valid. Also, note that Childs was considered a very strong NFL prospect prior to his major PCL injury.

    Basically Petrino has a proven QB (Wilson, a proven WR (Hamilton), and a productive TE (Gragg), and has shown a willingness and ability to immediately put a true freshman WR into the position to produce, and improve thereafter. We’ll see how that translates into potential NFL draft picks, even keeping in mind the injury and size issues.

    Take this with a huge grain of salt, but there are rumors that DGB’s parents don’t like Petrino very much at all, and also note that Petrino had to cancel his in-home visit with DGB due to a contact violation in San Antonio during a recruiting “dead” period. While it wouldn’t have been a big deal if Arkansas had just reported it, they did not, which doesn’t help things. So despite the fact that I think Arkansas would be the best place for DGB to be a productive WR, the Petrino factor is a double-edged sword.

    While I do hope the kid chooses Texas, my second choice for him would be Mizzou, because I like Pinkel and think he’d do a great job with the kid, as he did with Maclin and others. Plus I really like seeing kids go to their in-state school and become the fan favorite.

  14. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:07 PM

    Maclin was as good going in as when he came out. As for Petrino he is just this year graduating his first class of receivers at Arkansas. That would be Joe Adams, projected 1st round and J Wright projected 2nd round. Also Greg Childs projected 3rd round and they all played on the same team unlike Maclin who was the only star receiver on the Mizzory team. And not to forget DJ Williams last years Mackey award winner who plays for the Packers and has a Super Bowl ring. Do some research before you shoot your mouth off dumbA

  15. burntorangehorn says: Jan 29, 2012 12:14 PM

    bigdinla says:Jan 29, 2012 11:26 AM

    @mrslay1 – Petrino is great at getting WR’s ready for the NFL? Really name 1 starter in the NFL that was coached by Petrino. Missouri at least has Maclin as a starting WR.
    ================================
    Here’s a list of guys who signed NFL contracts after having played under Petrino, although I’m sure I missed a few. The criteria for building this list were guys who played the position Petrino coached while Petrino was a position coach at a school, anyone on offense while Petrino was OC at a school, and anyone on the team while Petrino was HC at the school.

    (Idaho OC/QB) John Friesz (CFB hall-of-famer, 11yr. NFL vet), Doug Nussmeier (QB at Idaho and in NFL, later QB coach in CFL, for Michigan State, for NFL Rams, then OC at Fresno St., Washington, and now under Saban at Alabama), possibly Jim Mills (unsure whether he redshirted a season or not), Sherridan May (all-american RB)

    (Arizona State – QB’s) Jake Plummer; he also coached Garrick McGee, who just left Arkansas to take the HC job at UAB, but never played in the NFL

    (Nevada – OC/QB) Shar Pourdanesh, Mike Rockwood, John Dutton, Alex van Dyke

    (Utah State) Kevin Alexander, Rich Tylski

    (Auburn) Marcus McNeill, Ben Grubbs, Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Devin Aromashodu, Ben Obomanu, Jeris McIntyre, Robert Johnson, Lorenzo Diamond, Anthony Mix, Jonathan Palmer, Mike Pucillo, Willie Williams, Cooper Wallace

    (Louisville) Michael Bush, Harry Douglas, Elvis Dumervil, William Gay, Frank Moreau, Lionel Gates, Amobi Okoye, Trent Guy, Dave Ragone, Arnold Jackson, Brock Bolen, George Bussey, Doug Beaumont, Jon Dempsey, Lamar Myles, Malik Jackson, Leroy Collins, Zek Parker, Lavell Boyd, Josh Tinch, Travis Leffew, Robert McCune, Rick Nord, Ronnie Ghent, Ibn Green, Arnold Jackson, Eric Wood, Brandon Johnson, Breno Giacomini, Kurt Quarterman, Kerry Rhodes, Anthony Allen, Stefan LeFors, Chris Redman, Brian Brohm, Hunter Cantwell, Gary Barnidge, Montavious Stanley, Richard Owens, Nate Harris, Antoine Harris, Renardo Foster, Mario Urrutia, J.R. Russell, Eric Shelton, Jason Hilliard, Richard Owens, Jason Spitz, Brandon Johnson, Chris Johnson, Earl Heyman…

    (Arkansas) Ryan Mallett, Mitch Petrus, D.J. Williams, DeMarcus Love, Malcolm Sheppard, Ray Dominguez, Jamar Love, Jose Valdez…

    Not many starters, but keep in mind Louisville wasn’t yet a member of the Big East when Petrino coached there, and mid-majors were in a tougher spot back then. And as I noted, kids from his first recruiting class who never redshirted are just now graduating and up for the NFL draft.

  16. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:24 PM

    Don’t know where you got all those stats burntorange… but great job on the topic of Petrino. We here in Arkansas know how lucky we are to have a man of his ability and track record!!

  17. burntorangehorn says: Jan 29, 2012 12:29 PM

    mrslay1–I already had this from a discussion with some fellow Longhorns fans. Some of them argued that Texas offers a better situation, and while I think Texas is on the upswing, Petrino does have a terrific track record. FYI, I just referenced databases of alumni from those schools and cross-checked them with Petrino’s presence at those schools. I’m sure Petrino didn’t have a great deal to do with Elvis Dumervil’s development, for example, but he was his HC for a while.

  18. kcrobert10 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:38 PM

    This back and forth is just dumb I can point out just as many players pinkel put in the NFL at his stops to. I’m just going to say its the weekend before signing day and instead of being in ark, Texas, Ala, or south bend this highly sought after guy was in Columbia. Not that it makes a difference pinkel has consistently put winning teams out every yr with little or no 5 star guys.

  19. burntorangehorn says: Jan 29, 2012 2:39 PM

    kcrobert, I’d be surprised if Pinkel had that kind of list. Louisville put a lot more guys into the NFL than Toledo did, and while I respect what Pinkel has done at Missouri, it hasn’t been an NFL factory lately.

    At any rate, I think DGB has three really good options. What makes me worry for Texas is that the offense has easily the worst QB situation and most unproven, unestablished offense of these three main players. That said, Texas WR’s coach Darrell Wyatt has been the point man in coaching up a lot of excellent future NFL WR’s:

    @Southern Miss – five-star recruit DeAndre Brown had his two best years (freshman/sophomore seasons) under Wyatt, who was both OC and WR’s coach and commanded one of the nation’s top offenses (passing for 3134yds./23TD/9INT in 2008, 3055yds./27TD/6INT in 2009); several other receivers had very nice years (50+rec, 500+yds.)

    @Arizona – as passing game coordinator and WR’s coach, his one season made for a lot of very productive performances by guys like Rob Gronkowski (28rec/525yds/6TD), Mike Thomas (82/1027/11), Terrell Turner (50/575/4), and Delashaun Dean (37/418/1), among others. While he wasn’t the position coach for QB’s, his passing game coordination resulted in Tuitama’s best season, with 3683yds., 28 passing TD, and 12 picks.

    @Minnesota Vikings – eh, he did okay, for having one of the league’s worst stocks of WR talent on the roster

    @Oklahoma – as WR’s coach, he coached future NFL receivers like Antwone Savage (2003 UDFA), Mark Clayton (2005 first-rounder), Mark Bradley (2005 2nd), Brandon Jones ( 2005 3rd), Will Peoples (2005 UDFA), Travis Wilson (2006 3rd), Malcolm Kelly (2008 2nd), Juaquin Iglesias (2009 3rd), and Manuel Johnson (2009 7th). I’m sure I’m missing some credits for him at OU.

    @Oklahoma State – Rashaun Woods (future first-rounder) caught 80 passes for 1023yds. and 10TD as a sophomore

    I’m not going back any further than that right now, but that’s a pretty good track record of productive receivers and future NFL players.

  20. birdcen says: Jan 29, 2012 2:42 PM

    Petrino is a knob and Arkansas will never win anything in the SEC west. Nice state.

  21. vols84 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    Petrino is a job hopper and everyone knows it. He will do the same to Arky. He has no loyalty. He left Atlanta in the middle of the night, he was sitting on the runway in auburn booster Lauder’s jet ready to leave Louisville for Auburn. His name will come up for the next big opening and he will be gone. DGB would be smart to go to Mizzou.

  22. wilburmills says: Jan 29, 2012 3:13 PM

    Vols84 apparently knows nothing about Petrino’s situation at Arkansas…he has the largest buyout of any coach pro or college,,,I forget if is $16 million or $18 million–something in that range—he was willing to sign it a contract with that buyout in there (making him unmarketable for anyone to hire) because he ain’t going nowhere soon…

    dream on and have fun with Derek Dooley

  23. John Taylor says: Jan 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    @wilburmills: you are absolutely correct. $18 million buyout in 2011 and 2012, then decreases incrementally down to $3.925 million in the final year of the deal in 2017.

  24. rambo888 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    Mizzou it will be

  25. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    I hope not for his sake

  26. gopokes0714 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:42 PM

    @kcrobert

    Mizzou finished 5th not fourth in the Big12.

    Oklahoma St
    Kansas St
    Baylor
    Oklahoma
    Missouri

    hopefully this kid pans out, but so much of the time it is a guessing game. Look at Blackmon, he was a 3* recruit OU didn’t want.

    I would think he would want to go somewhere known for producing receivers….Woods, Bryant, Blackmon, to be continued……

  27. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:24 PM

    Sadly, Bryant has been a bust to date, always in trouble, and not as productive as Miles Austin who came from nowhere. Expect Blackman to be the same at the next level. Sadly these guys look so good because they play in a conference that play very poor defense as a whole.

  28. kcrobert10 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:19 PM

    Not an NFL factory check ur facts guys. Mizzou players in the NFL right now. Aldon smith, Justin smith, jeremy maclin, William Moore, will witherspoon, Chase Daniels, brad smith, ziggy hood, Chase coffman, d. Alexander, blain gabbert, Justin gage, this yr egnew will probably get drafted this yr to. 5 place in a rebuild yr not bad. I challenge u guys go check ur databases and look and see that there are truely a lot of mu alums in the leg right now.

  29. tigerinmo says: Jan 29, 2012 8:48 PM

    Only Alabama has produced more first-round NFL draft picks than Missouri in the past three years. Check your facts.

  30. vols84 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    wilburmills- that is chump change to big time programs. If Texas makes a move and were to come after Petrino, they wouldn’t blink at that buyout and Petrino would leave in a heart beat. Enjoy your mercenary coach while he is there. Go Walmart!

  31. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:45 PM

    The buy out wouldn’t matter anyway. Petrino will win more titles in the next 10 years at Arkansas than the peewee little 12 (or 9 ,10,or what ever it is this week) will even see!

  32. iplaybad says: Jan 30, 2012 6:26 AM

    From what I can tell, most of the really productive (ie consistently Pro Bowl quality) guys from Mizzou are defensive guys. Wheras, the offensive guys showed flashes but inconsistent play overall. Of the list, B Smith has been great as a niche player.

    If this kid wants to play in a pro set offense to prep for the NFL, he should go to Alabama or Arkansas. He will play for teams that have a chance to play on TV a lot and maybe even in BCS games. At Mizzou they have no chance to be in a BCS game now that they’re in the SEC until they hire an elite coach. Pinkel is good enough for most leagues, but will be eaten alive against high level guys like Saban, Miles, Petrino, Richt, and Spurrier…..

  33. burntorangehorn says: Jan 30, 2012 10:20 AM

    I don’t know that Bryant has been a bust, but he’s a bit of a problem child at times, and of course the OSU offense is extremely friendly to receivers.

    gopokes–DGB hasn’t said anything about interest in OSU, to my knowledge.

  34. wps5 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:25 AM

    burntorangehorn
    joe adams freshman year was petrinos first year so saying he doesnt have anyone in the NFL is correct but not possible bc his first real draft class is this year and DGB is coming to the hogs WPS

  35. hawker1 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:11 PM

    Damn, dryzzt23. How embarrassing to correct someone else’s misspelling with one of your own. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that on a board, before. Public schools just aren’t what they used to be, are they?

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