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Mizzou rejoice: Green-Beckham stays home, signs with Tigers

Dorial Green-Beckham AP

The entire state of Missouri can feel free to exhale.  It’s officially safe.  He’s staying home.

The “he”, of course, is Dorial Green-Beckham, the Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver who was rated as the top prospect in the country at any position according to most of the recruiting services.  During a televised announcement Wednesday morning, Green-Beckham confirmed the speculation that had been gaining strength since the weekend: he’s keeping his immense talent in the state and will play for Mizzou for at least the next three years.

“The fans, just the people around me and everybody that’s followed me the past few years,” Green-Beckham, moments after signing his Letter of Intent to Missouri, said when asked why he made the decision he did. “And just to stay home and fulfill my dreams as to have all these guys come out and support me no matter what.”

Green-Beckham had reportedly narrowed his myriad offers down to Mizzou and Arkansas.  Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma were also in the mix toward the end of the recruiting process, although it became apparent of late that it was a two-team race.

During his time at Hillcrest High School, the 6-6, 220-pounder set a national mark in career receiving yardage with over 6,300 yards.  He also finished his four-year career with 75 touchdowns.  As a senior, he caught 119 passes for 2,333 yards and 24 touchdowns.

For that performance in his final high school season, he was named the U.S. Army Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American Player of the Year.

Green-Beckham was the consensus top receiver in the country, and the No. 1 prospect at any position according to Rivals and Scout among others.  247Sports and ESPNU had him rated as the No. 2 overall recruit.

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19 Responses to “Mizzou rejoice: Green-Beckham stays home, signs with Tigers”
  1. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 10:23 AM

    Congratulations Missouri! I think joining the SEC has just paid its first dividend to your school. Happy DGB selected your school. Mizzou made a great move joining the SEC. Hey Paul Feinbaum: now what do you think of the Mizzou Tigers?

  2. woebegong says: Feb 1, 2012 10:24 AM

    I hope my UGA DAWGS defense is ready for the second game against this kid. He will be a problem for SEC schools to defend against.
    Good Luck to the young man in his college career. He could very well be another A. J. Green type player for Missouri. Welcome to the SEC.

  3. mizzouram says: Feb 1, 2012 10:27 AM

    M-I-Z!!! The SEC is in for a rude awakening!

  4. Tim says: Feb 1, 2012 10:31 AM

    This just made my day. I’m already excited for next year’s season. Let’s see what Mizzou and DGB can do in the SEC.
    Today I didn’t even have to use my A.K.
    I gotta say it was a good day.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    Um did I miss something here?

    Where does it say that DGB signed with the SEC?

    He signed with Mizzou, NOT the “SEC”

    I am amazed at how pompous SEC fans are, first you ridicule Mizzou saying they would never be able to compete on the field and in recruiting with other SEC teams, and now that the #1 player signed with Mizzou, all of a sudden it’s “oh look DGB signed with Mizzou b/c they’re an SEC school, blah blah blah crap”

    Get over yourselves, your conference has 2 good teams and 8-10 cupcakes.

  6. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 10:56 AM

    dryzzts23:

    He SIGNED with Mizzou because they became members of the SEC! He would def had gone to Arkansas. The SEC has 8-10 “cupcakes, huh? I am happy Mizzou is a member of the SEC b/c it raises the academic perception of the league. Same with TX A&M. Now you should be more respectful b/c we are pleased to have you. But the SEC has won 6 straight Nat’l Champs in football. My beloved Gamecocks have won the last two College World Series. Again, be respectful b/c Mizzou will see more money than it EVER has in the Big 12. Be nice – welcome aboard.

  7. dryzzt23 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    LMFAO, you put “academic” and “SEC” in the same sentence

    He did NOT sign with Mizzou b/c of the conference affiliation, he signed based on family and being able to play at home.

    Mizzou easily could have been a Big Ten member, I wonder if you would say that “he signed with Mizzou b/c they are in the Big Ten.

  8. burntorangehorn says: Feb 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    Congratulations to the Missouri Tigers for landing another five-star in-stater! This time it looks like the kid will actually be able to join the team immediately, unlike Sheldon Richardson a couple years ago. And while Franklin isn’t Andrew Luck, he’s also not Reggie Ball, so the Tigers ought to be able to get DGB a lot of passes.

    @gamecocker, it’s pure speculation to think he signed with Mizzou because of the new conference affiliation.

  9. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 11:17 AM

    I see dryzzt23:

    you’re one of those that wished he were in the Big Ten and now de-grading the SEC. For the record, Mizzou is no better school than U’s of Fla, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, or SC. The fact Mizzou is a member of the prestigious AAU notwithstanding. Take a look at the research $$$’s flowing into U of Alabama & SC. It’s more than many of the members of the AAU! Think politics plays a role?
    You have delusions of superiority. But you are a modest little person, with much to be modest about. I requested you to be nice, be respectful. I extended the olive branch but being the ignorant little person you are, you aren’t worth speaking with. I’m done responding to your pathetic posts. Like Michael Oher said in the movie “The Blindside”…..It’s time for you to leave.

  10. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    burntorange:

    It becomes fact if someone asks him if he would have signed with Ark if Mizzou was still a member of the Big 12……someone should pose that question to him. One thing I do know: it doesn’t hurt that Mizzou became a member of the SEC. Also, are you another Mizzou fan that wishes the school would have joined the Big 10? Just curious? Paul Feinbaum seems to believe that but I don’t. What say you?

  11. dryzzt23 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:36 AM

    Paul Feinbaum….really?

    Do you ppl not realize that the Alabama/Auburn game is merely a regional contest at best? The rest of the country doesn’t give a damn. I know b/c I graduated from Auburn and went to Ohio State. There are no more devoted and ravenous fans than Ohio State fans.

    Do you SEC ppl not listen to anyone else outside the southeast? It’s no wonder that you have such an inflated perception of your schools.

    I must hope and pray that the NCAA and BCS grow a pair and quit kissing the SEC’s ass. The Rose Bowl should tell the NCAA and BCS to stick it and go back to hosting the best PAC-10 and Big 10 teams.

  12. missouriman4ever says: Feb 1, 2012 11:41 AM

    gamecocker:

    as a MIZZOU fan who wanted them to leave the big XII, I personally believe we fit in a little better with the big X but I feel that most missourians wanted to join the sec. we know we’re not the best program but we’re willing to do what it takes to get there. and to become the best, you have to play and/or beat the best. I myself haven’t met anyone that is unhappy with the decision to join the sec. Well, a few Kansas fans I know are pissed. But I think that’s out of jealousy.

    DGB is now a MIZZOU tiger and I am proud to be a missourian. Looking forward to sec play for years to come. We will rise to the occasion in the upcoming years

  13. jrspike says: Feb 1, 2012 12:16 PM

    Wow, to beat out the number 1 team. Mizzou will only have him 3 years before he jumps. Enjoy.

  14. Deb says: Feb 1, 2012 12:54 PM

    Excellent!!!! Way to go, Mizzou!!

    @dryzzt23 …

    What is your problem? Missouri is in the SEC now, so a get for Mizzou is a get for the SEC. Suck it up.

    It’s not SEC fans who’ve been saying Missouri couldn’t compete on the field. That was coming from disgruntled Big 12 fans. I realize that with the whining of Big 12 and Big 10 and Big East and Pac 12 fans, etc., it’s difficult to keep them all straight, but SEC fans have won the last six consecutive championships. We aren’t whining. And baby, those wins make the SEC the Big Dogs in the junk yard whether you like it or not. Suck it up.

    Actually, the Iron Bowl is one of the most watched televised contests in college football. As an Auburn grad, I imagine you found the contest relevant in 2010 when Auburn was the victor.

    I’m a lifelong Tide fan, a Missouri grad, and had a full scholarship to grad school at Vandy when cancer changed the trajectory of my life. But I was taught not to get above my raising, as we say in the South. Apparently grad school at Ohio State has left you flying mighty high. But all these nasty posts about the SEC just sound like the ramblings of a bitter little boy trying to prove he’s smarter and more sophisticated than everyone else. Bless your heart.

  15. Deb says: Feb 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    @jrspike …

    That’s true for virtually all of the serious talent signed today.

  16. kcrobert10 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:12 PM

    First I’d like to say its a great day in the state of Missouri. The sun is shining it 60 degrees and we have had no snow this winter. Also this just the middle of a huge week for our beloved university it started with the big win against Texas Mon night now this huge signing by the football program and next on sat college gameday will be in town to watch us beat those ugly jayhawks (who because of there jealousies or just plain old being scared to be beaten won’t play us anymore after this yr). I’ll finish by saying its over guys mu is in the sec it is the best football conference and let’s hope the future remains just as great as this week has been so far. M-i-z-z-o-u beat ku….

  17. burntorangehorn says: Feb 1, 2012 1:13 PM

    thegamecocker says:Feb 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    burntorange:

    It becomes fact if someone asks him if he would have signed with Ark if Mizzou was still a member of the Big 12……someone should pose that question to him. One thing I do know: it doesn’t hurt that Mizzou became a member of the SEC. Also, are you another Mizzou fan that wishes the school would have joined the Big 10? Just curious? Paul Feinbaum seems to believe that but I don’t. What say you?
    ==============================
    Uh, no. I’m a Texas fan. Whether it hurts Mizzou or not to be in the SEC remains to be seen, but regardless, conference affiliation isn’t exactly a make-or-break factor for most recruits, as long as they’re going to one of the big conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12).

  18. sportsbastard says: Feb 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    As big of a fan of the SEC move as I am, He’s going to MU for the reasons I mentioned yesterday to burntorange. Family, and p*ssy.

  19. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 6:03 PM

    To Missouriman4ever:

    You’re a gentleman sir! Congratulations on your signing class including the nation’s #1 recruit. The SEC is proud to have Missouri and look forward to many athletic contests and academic contributions your fine institution will make to better society. One thing that can be done to begin this process is to pull the diploma from the character DRYZZT23! That person does not represent your university particularly well. However, DEB pretty much “set his young arse straight”. Love ya DEB!!! You ROCK girl!!!!

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