You can hear the talk get louder in the Ozarks. It’s looking more and more like wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest), the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect and top receiver, will remain close to home and sign with Arkansas.
Sources close to a program that was recruiting Green-Beckham indicated earlier this week that the player and his family have informed them he would like to stay close to home to play college football. It was their opinion that he would end up at Arkansas or Oklahoma and they characterized the Sooners as a “close second” in the race.
Fayetteville, Ark., is 148 miles from Springfield. Norman, Okla., is 301 miles away.
Texas is in it, but should be considered a longshot at this point. Missouri also can be put in that category.
The Razorbacks or OU would be a good fit for Green-Beckham both in terms of proximity and offensive system. As Jarius Wright (Arkansas) and Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) can attest to, both offenses are a receiver’s dream and provide the ability to put up video-game type numbers at times. Both programs also are successful and played in BCS Bowls last season. Both have been in the National Championship picture this season.
As is the case with anything having to do with recruiting, it’s far from a done deal at this point. But based on new and semi-new information on the subject, Arkansas has to be considered the leader in the clubhouse at this point with the Sooners right behind.
Green-Beckham is the nation’s top receiver prospect according to 247Sports and is a five-star prospect with a numerical grade of 100.