As the high school playoffs are underway, the No. 1 recruit in the nation is from the Show-Me State. The nation’s top ranked player (No. 1 by Rivals.com and No. 3 in the ESPNU 150) is a wide receiver from Springfield, Missouri, and plays for Hillcrest High School. His name is Dorial Green-Beckham.
The nation’s most productive receiver is tall in stature at 6-6, weighing 223 pounds and has five percent body fat. He is cut high with length and has a very wide wing span. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in the low 4.4s and is a very good student with a 3.2 grade-point average.
While Green-Beckham was named US Army All American for the second time, he set the nation’s high-school receiving record last Thursday with a memorable performance for the ages. Republic High School was the team that witnessed his great performance of 11 receptions for 303 yards and four touchdowns and were defeated 35-7.
“I’m real excited to have this record stand in my name for however many years,” Green-Beckham said. “This is the top moment for me.”
The new national career record holder for receiving yards in the United States totaled 6,110 yards. The record had been held by Abram Booty of Evangel Academy (Shreveport, La.), who totaled 5,867 yards from 1993-96.
When watching two game tapes and several highlight reels that made me hit replay multiple times, it’s clear to see that Green-Beckham is a freak athlete. His skill set is that of a young college player and it is very obvious he is a man among boys in the footage I viewed. While he will need route refinement, his hands are soft and sure with the ability to catch outside his frame, track balls over the shoulder with quick feet to tap shoe and drag with sideline awareness. He has very good concentration on routes across the middle and outside the numbers; good strength and power to collision to break tackles with very good production after contact and his run-after-catch speed jumps right off my computer screen.
It is rumored that Green-Beckham has two possible visits set with Texas on Nov. 19 and Auburn on Nov. 26. His adopted father and head coach John Beckham told ESPNHS that no official visits have been set and will depend on the availability of his son, because he competes in basketball and track.
Teams that are heavily recruiting Green-Beckham include Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, USC and Wisconsin just to name a few.
After the Missouri state playoffs finish, Green-Beckham has accepted an invitation to play in the yearly U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Ninety players will participate in this classic on Jan. 7, 2012, in San Antonio, Tex., at the Alamodome. It will be televised live on NBC at 12 noon Central time.
My comparison is a combination of the Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson, with the frame, power and ability to play big. The other is Randy Moss, with his elongated stride streaking in open space. I graded both coming out of college, and while Green-Beckham will receive further development from college coaching tutelage, it will be fun to track this exceptional athlete’s college football career.