For six straight years, it has been the SEC that has hoisted that prestigious crystal ball at season’s end. But for six straight seasons, that dominance has started in homes and through daily texts and phone calls with some of the nation’s top recruits. It’s no secret that recruiting is the lifeblood of college football, and for Missouri (who will be playing in the SEC come fall), the pressure in this recruiting class to compete in the SEC loomed large.
The Tigers got a big boost when they received a commitment from Rivals.com’s No. 1 overall prospect, Dorial Green-Beckham.
The Hillcrest High School wide receiver from Springfield, Missouri, is a 6’6” 220-pounder with documented 4.4 40 speed who has drawn comparisons to Cincinnati’s Pro Bowl rookie WR and former Georgia player A.J. Green. A four-year starter at wide receiver, Green-Beckham scored a staggering 75 touchdowns at Hillcrest, but high school statistics are relative.
It’s Green-Beckham’s physical statistics that make scouts salivate. A match-up nightmare for the typical cornerback, Dorial Green-Beckham figures to find the field early and often in Columbia, Missouri, for head coach Gary Pinkel.
The home-state Tigers beat out Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma for the highly-coveted prospect’s commitment, and Missouri figures to make a large jump in Rivals.com’s team recruiting rankings after being ranked outside the Top 50 nationally as of 8:00 a.m. this morning.
Missouri will enter into SEC play officially on Sept. 8, when the Tigers will host the University of Georgia Bulldogs for their first conference game. Two weeks later, Mizzou will get their first taste of traveling in the SEC when they make the trip to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on the Gamecocks.
Stay tuned to RantSports.com for more SEC recruiting coverage this National Signing Day.