Dorial Green-Beckham Visiting Missouri: Can the Home-State Team Pass Arkansas?

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2012

With National Signing Day right around the corner, all of the nation's top prospects are doing their last bit of homework before they make their final decision. This includes wrapping up those official visits, talking to coaches one last time and getting opinions from family and friends to try to figure out where they'd like to play their college football.

One of the nation's top prospects is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. He had offers from nearly every top school in the country and will make an immediate impact at whichever school he chooses.  At 6'6", 220 pounds and with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, his potential is endless.

Schools like Alabama, Florida, LSU and even Notre Dame have extended offers to Green-Beckham. But he isn't interested in any of those programs. In fact, his long list has been cut down and includes schools like Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Yep, that's right, the Missouri Tigers actually have a chance to land a top prospect like Green-Beckham. In fact, they're in the thick of the race.

Despite head coach Gary Pinkel pulling out all of the gadgets, including a helicopter to impress the nation's top recruit, the Tigers do have a serious shot. For one, they have the home-field advantage. Green-Beckham is from Springfield, Mo.

When making a decision like this, most players like to stay close to home as possible. For Green- Beckham, it doesn't get any closer to the heart than playing for the Tigers.

Another factor that is very intriguing is the Tigers' move to the SEC. If you haven't noticed, the SEC does have some of the best recruiting classes, and that's because the top players want to play against the top competition in the country. Teams like Arkansas and Alabama can't hold that over the Tigers in this one. This time they have the same thing to offer as the competition.

And possibly the biggest advantage the Tigers will have is that they will be the last to make an impression on the wide receiver. He's already taken his trips to Texas and Arkansas. He will save his last visit, which takes place next weekend, for for Missouri.

The last visit always gives that team a slight advantage, as those memories are always fresh in your mind and could really turn the tables if the cards are played correctly.

Can the Tigers pass the Razorbacks as the favorite for the top recruit? Who knows?

Anybody who tells you where Green-Beckham is going is lying. He doesn't do many interviews, and when he does, he doesn't release much information. He's keeping everything close to the vest and will make his decision on National Signing Day.

What I do know is that the Tigers have a great shot at keeping the receiver in his home state. I don't believe any team has jumped out as the favorite quite yet. Missouri will have that shot when he visits the campus.

Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or