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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