Missouri Impressive, Ready for the SEC
Sends Message to SEC About Recruiting
After having a sub-par season in its final year with the Big XII (5-4 conference, 8-5 overall), there were many skeptics about the impact the Missouri Tigers could have when it enters its first season with the SEC this fall.
Those skeptics found out on signing day Missouri is ready to play with the “Big Boys” down south.
On Wednesday, Dorial Green-Beckham, from Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest High, announced to a packed gymnasium he would attend the University of Missouri to play football. Green-Beckham, a wide receiver, was touted the number one high school recruit by Rivals.com and USA Today.
Green-Beckham picked Missouri over other SEC schools Arkansas and Alabama, as well as Texas and Oklahoma.
Dorial Green-Beckham signing with Mizzou could lead to a pipeline of Midland Region Recruiting for the Tigers and the SEC for years to come
While Green-Beckham’s decision may surprise many who follow high school recruiting, Missouri did make the strongest push to keep the 6’6 receiver in state with a scholarship offered his freshman year.
With Green-Beckham signing with Missouri, the Tigers have the 21st ranked recruiting class in the NCAA. It is also the first time since 1986 Missouri signs the top recruit in high school, when they signed Florissant running back Tony VanZant.
Whether or not Green-Beckham will redshirt or start his true freshman year remains to be seen, but he is expected to make a huge impact on the Tigers offense. At 6’6 and 220 pounds, he set a national receiving record with 6,356 yards in his career. Green-Beckham is a freakish athlete with great mobility and quickness to go along with his size.
And with Missouri’s spread offense, there is without question Green-Beckham can put up impressive numbers for the Tigers. While the Tigers averaged 475 yards and 32 points per game, Missouri’s passing attack only averaged 231 yards per game, 64th in the NCAA. Green-Beckham will help the passing offense immediately with his presence, whether he will catch the bulk of the passes from James Franklin or open up room for fellow receivers T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew.
While there is already a loud buzz is in the air for the University of Missouri as they begin their first season in the SEC, which is home to the last six National Champions in college football, it appears the Tigers have made the most noise so far for the new SEC as they land Green-Beckham.