Will star receiver recruit Dorial Green-Beckham pick his home-state school Missouri?
WR Dorial Green-Beckham has been one of the biggest stars of the 2012 recruiting class for the past year; however, he's also been one of the biggest enigmas, as he's remained mostly tight-lipped about his future and his upcoming decision.
Green-Beckham hasn't given any indication about whether or not he's favoring a certain school or not, but the Missouri native has let it be known that he's trimmed his list of choices down to five schools.
After an All-American campaign this past season, the No. 1 receiver recruit in the country is going to make one school very happy when he finally does announce his commitment, but for now, all we can do is play the waiting game.
Here's a look at at the five schools that Green-Beckham says he is considering.
Dorial Green-Beckham took an official visit to Fayetteville this past weekend, and I'm sure while he was there, coach Bobby Petrino hammered home the fact that budding star quarterback Tyler Wilson is coming back for his senior year, while three of last year's top receivers—Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs—are all heading off to the NFL.
That means that there will be a lot of room for Wilson and Green-Beckham to form a dangerous passing tandem alongside returning receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg.
Green-Beckham would be a perfect fit in Bobby Petrino's offensive system, and with Arkansas likely poised to enter the 2012 season as a top-10 ranked national title contender, D.G.B will definitely have to think long and hard about joining the Razorbacks for a championship run next season.
Odds that he'll commit to Arkansas: 3 to 1
Any time a head coach such as Missouri's Gary Pinkel breaks out a helicopter to pay you a personal visit at your school, at the very least, you have to be impressed with the effort. Pinkel's pulling out all of the stops to try to land the most decorated and coveted recruit in the history of the state. But it remains to be seen if it will all pay off in the end.
With a potential breakout star like quarterback James Franklin running a high-powered offense and an imminent move to college football's most popular conference taking place next season, there's a few good reasons that a receiver like Dorial Green-Beckham would want to join his home-state team.
A Franklin-Green-Beckham passing combination would potentially be lethal, and it would really help the Tigers' chances for success as they prepare to enter the treacherous waters of the SEC in 2012.
Odds that he'll commit to Missouri: 3 to 1
Oklahoma didn't come close to living up to its No. 1 preseason ranking in 2011, but that hasn't stopped Bob Stoops from enjoying another great year on the recruiting trail, as the Sooners are once again likely going to bring in another Top-10 recruiting class.
Dorial Green-Beckham has to be impressed with the type of talent that's in Norman right now, but he may be turned off by the idea that the Sooners already have four commitments from top-notch receiver recruits—Try Metoyer, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods—which would mean that he would have to deal with some serious competition for early playing time, especially with Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds both returning.
Odds that he'll commit to Oklahoma: 8-1
Austin was graced with Dorial Green-Beckham's presence when the receiver took an official visit to see Texas back in November for the Kansas State game.
It probably didn't help that the Longhorns lost that game and put together a dismal offensive performance in the process, scoring only 13 points.
Mack Brown has landed plenty of big-name recruits in his career, but because the offense was so underwhelming in 2011, it's hard to imagine that Green-Beckham would want to be on the receiving end of passes from a quarterback like David Ash, instead of Tyler Wilson, James Franklin or Landry Jones.
Odds that he'll commit to Texas: 12-1
After winning two national championships in the past three years, Alabama seems like it would be one of the top destinations in the country for any big recruit, but coach Nick Saban is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants to land Dorial Green-Beckham.
This year, Saban has been busy assembling a crop of talent that could ultimately end up being ranked as the No. 1 recruiting class of 2012 when all is said and done, so it wouldn't necessarily be a disaster if the Tide end up losing out on Green-Beckham. Obviously, though, after watching three out of his four top receivers from this past season wave goodbye to Tuscaloosa, Saban surely wouldn't mind adding another playmaker in the passing game.
Still, even though D.G.B has denied rumors that he's cut Alabama from his list, it sounds like the Tide are on the back burner, and Saban is going to have a lot of work to do to reel in the 5-star receiver.
Odds that he'll commit to Alabama: 18 to 1
Ultimately, I think it will come down to either Arkansas or Missouri, and if I had to make a prediction at this point, I think the Razorbacks would be my best bet to land Dorial Green-Beckham.
D.G.B. has the potential to be a star right away in Bobby Petrino's offense, and it sounds as if his visit to Fayetteville went very well.
Missouri's definitely still in play, but if I were in Green-Beckham's shoes, I think Arkansas is the right choice.