Dorial Green-Beckham: Arkansas Desperately Needs Top WR Recruit

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2012

The Arkansas Razorbacks may have finished No. 6 in the nation last season and beaten Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl. They still have quarterback Tyler Wilson.

But, after losing their top two receivers in the offseason, the Razorbacks are in desperate need of elite receiver recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham, if they are to make a similar run.

The biggest losses for the Razorbacks are Jarius Wright and Joe Adams, the school's top two players in career receptions. Last season, Wright racked up 66 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns. Adams had 54 catches for 652 yards and three touchdowns.

There is a lot to be made up in the receiving department and Green-Beckham, who's been called a blend of Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones, would be able to step in right away and potentially lead the Razorbacks to a BCS bowl.

Green-Beckham appears to be favoring Arkansas and Missouri right now. Arkansas was long thought to have the best chance of landing him, but his recent visit to Missouri's campus has stirred some reports that he's actually going to join the Tigers.

For each school, Green-Beckham would be a landmark prize. This guy is almost as hyped as LeBron James was in high school and it's no wonder why. It's not just that he's tremendously strong.

It's the combination of his fluidity and athleticism. Green-Beckham can push cornerbacks aside in press coverage and explode past them down the sidelines. He also has a tremendous wingspan that allows him to get to poorly thrown balls and stretch out for diving catches.

But it's not just Beckham's measurable physical abilities. He's also a very good receiver, with strong hands and impressive hand-eye coordination. He's a very determined and aware athlete on the field. It's almost like the perfect storm.

He's the type of player that Arkansas would not only like, but needs in order to compete for a BCS bowl in the highly competitive SEC. He would be a game-changer for the program heading into the 2012 season.

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