College Football Recruiting: Top 5 Destinations for Dorial Green-Beckham
When it comes to the recruitment of the nation's No.1 overall player, the national spotlight is constantly on. It's no different with this year's No.1 player, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Green-Beckham is one of the best wide receiver prospects in the last decade of high school football recruiting. He's 6'6", 220 lbs. with a 4.4 40-yard dash and freakishly long arms. He's got the gaudy statistics as well, hauling in 4,120 receiving yards and 53 touchdowns in just three seasons.
Green-Beckham has been described as "a more athletic Andre Johnson" by Rivals recruiting website and is the apple of every college football program's eye.
He has an offer from every major college , so the choice is up to him.
Here are the top five destinations for Dorial Green-Beckham at this point in the recruiting process.
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If Dorial Green-Beckham is looking to play for the most talented team in college football, he shouldn't look much further than Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide have dominated recruiting since the beginning of the Nick Saban era.
In 2008, Alabama signed No.1 wide receiver prospect Julio Jones. Jones lived up to the hype, collecting 2,653 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns before declaring for the 2011 NFL Draft this year.
In the past few seasons, the Crimson Tide have been in the running for every 5-star recruits. Saban has an uncanny ability to sway top prospects late in the recruiting game.
Green-Beckham could play a role for Alabama similar to Julio Jones— a role that catapulted Jones into the top ten of the NFL Draft.
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If Dorial Green-Beckham decides to play for the USC Trojans, he could lead the most highly-touted receiving corps in the entire country in the 2012 season.
The Trojans have been on a tear in recruiting the top receivers nationally for the past few seasons. Kyle Prater and Markeith Ambles were 5-star players from the 2010 recruiting class, as was George Farmer of the 2011 class.
Robert Woods was a phenomenal athlete who exploded in his true freshman season for 792 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Green-Beckham will likely play as a true freshman with this star-studded cast, just in time for USC to become eligible for Bowl Games. The potential for Green-Beckham with this group of players is mind-blowing.
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The Texas Longhorns are making a strong push for Dorial Green-Beckham's service. They have plenty of offensive talent, but with Green-Beckham they could fill the one major offensive hole: a dominant wide receiver.
Texas struggled mightily in 2010, falling to 5-7 and missing a bowl game for the first time in many years. It was the first time they finished last in the Big-12 since 1956.
That being said, the offensive line is solid, and big-time recruit Malcolm Brown is coming in to save the running game.
Green-Beckham could be just what Texas needs to wake up starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert. NFL caliber receivers have come from Mack Brown's program (Roy Williams, Jordan Shipley), but Green-Beckham would certainly be the finest receiver he's ever recruited.
He could become the school's all-time leading receiver if Texas can rebound in 2011 and beyond.
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The Missouri Tigers are building an excellent recruiting class in 2012, but signing Dorial Green-Beckham would be the biggest recruiting win in school history.
Green-Beckham is from Springfield, Missouri, so he's right in Mizzou's backyard. He's already the most accomplished player in the state's history and a basketball star as well.
Missouri runs the spread offense where he could start right away and put up video-game numbers with quarterback James Franklin. Jeremy Maclin propelled his Missouri career into a first-round selection in the NFL Draft and certainly Green-Beckham could do the same.
Unlike any of the other schools recruiting Dorial Green-Beckham, the culture of Mizzou's program could be changed by his signing with the team.
He would be the most-talented player ever to sign with Mizzou and set the stage for other nationally touted prospects to consider Mizzou in the future.
Call me a homer, but I think there's a good chance he plays for the Tigers and breaks the mold of other No.1 overall prospects by signing with Missouri.
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With what the Oklahoma Sooners have done offensively in the last decade, there's no question that Dorial Green-Beckham would flourish in Norman, Oklahoma.
The Sooners have been record-breaking offensively, developing NFL stars like Adrian Peterson and Sam Bradford. Ryan Broyles will likely finish as the team's all-time leading receiver when he graduates this year, proving that Oklahoma receivers can dominate the college ranks.
Simply put, if Green-Beckham wants to be a great pro there are few places that rival Oklahoma as a pro-football factory. He'll compete for a national championship every season and be given the chance to produce record-breaking numbers.
They are the favorites to land him right now, and if they win the national championship in 2011, it may be hard for Dorial Green-Beckham to turn down the Sooners' offer.