Dorial Green-Beckham: Did SEC Brand Name Help Mizzou Land the No. 1 Recruit?

Will PuenteContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2012

Missouri Banner looks good in the Pin Wheel of Fame
Missouri Banner looks good in the Pin Wheel of Fame

The SEC brand name might have the Midas touch of college football. There is obvious SEC evidence that has already shown up in today's National Signing Day.

Missouri was a recruiting grounds of schools like Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and of course, Mizzou. But it wasn't a given factor that the best recruits from the Show-Me State would consider Mizzou as their school of choice. It may be easier to face, but Mizzou fans know that they were not the jewel of the Big 12.

This had to be a shame since Missouri only has one flagship university that is located in between the metro areas of Kansas City and St Louis. It is hard to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs and that St. Louis Cardinals for the state's attention.

Dorial Green-Beckham was choosing between Big 12 powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma, and SEC powers Alabama and Arkansas. Before the beginning of the season, Mizzou was a long shot for the superstar receiver. As soon as Mizzou gets the SEC nod, suddenly it became a bigger possibility.

DGB is just the first of plenty of talent headed to Columbia because of the SEC change of address. The 100-year move that Missouri and Texas A&M took this fall might be a $100 million move. We all need to ask ourselves: Would the No. 1 recruit in the country have chosen the Tigers of the Big 12?