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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/01/2012

National Signing Day 2012: Dorial Green-Beckham picks Missouri


Dorial Green-Beckham will be one of today’s top prizes. (L.G. PATTERSON - AP)
National Signing Day is underway, and as of this morning, Hillcrest High School wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was one of the top players yet to make his intentions known for next season.

The 6 foot 6, 220 pound senior has drawn comparisons to Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, and the 20 offers before him reflect what college scouts believe could be sky-high potential.

With offers from perennial national powers Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas on the table, Green-Beckham thrilled his home state by deciding to stay in the Show Me State and play for the Missouri Tigers.

Green-Beckham was greeted with a massive ovation when he attended a Missouri-Texas Tech basketball game on Saturday as part of a late recruiting visit. The reception resonated with the heralded recruit, and after signing his national letter of intent, Green-Beckham admitted the visit “was a big effect.”

As is the case with many of the elite prospects who will make college football coaches and fans hoot and holler with joy and sob with disappointment, Green-Beckham’s story goes beyond the football field.

In a lengthy and revealing piece Kansas City Star reporter Kent Babb chronicles Green-Beckham’s journey, which included a stay in foster care before John and Tracy Beckham welcomed him into their home.


The Beckhams legally adopted the boys two years ago, and Dorial decided that he wanted to add “Beckham” to his name while maintaining “Green” as part of it. Not long after, Darnell decided the same.“That’s your history there,” Tracy says. “… He felt like he needed to keep a hold of that.”

Dorial began carrying the hyphenated last name, a measure that has become more common among some athletes who carry personal stories on their jerseys. Among those is the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew, who added the “Jones” to honor his late grandfather.

But a different kind of pressure was on the horizon. Scholarship offers poured in, and it was becoming clear that Dorial would soon be among the nation’s prototype receivers. According to Rivals, he has scholarship offers from many of the country’s top programs, including national champion Alabama. He’s 220 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, and this past season he broke the 15-year-old national record for receiving yards.

Green-Beckham can now finally exhale and enjoy the rest of his senior year while Tiger fans across the state rejoice that he’ll be a part of their first season in the SEC.

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