[Update]: A local television station in Springfield is reporting that DGB will hold his announcement ceremony shortly after 8:00 am CST on National Signing Day, February 1st. --GoBR--
The life of any mega recruit isn't exactly simple and uncomplicated at any point in the recruiting process and is much less so in the final days. Such is the case for Springfield (MO) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, one of the top recruits in the country and the subject of never-ending speculation.
Besides an official visit last weekend to Arkansas and an official visit this coming weekend to home state Missouri, the 6-5, 220-pounder known simply as DGB hosted Tiger coach Gary Pinkel last week at his high school, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino in his home, and will reportedly host Texas head coach Mack Brown and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt this week as well, most likely on Wednesday.
Got all that?
Conventional wisdom has Arkansas out in the lead due to the proximity of Fayetteville to Spingfield, the fact that DGB's girlfriend is slated to play college basketball at a smaller school in the state, and the return of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson to lead the high-flying Piggie passing attack.
However, there are some rumblings that Mrs. Beckham doesn't particularly care for the slimy Petrino much as a man (edit: perhaps gutless and coward are more apt than slimy), while sources close to the Texas program continue to maintain that the Longhorns have a legitimate chance with the big wide receiver as a result of the work that Wyatt has put in during his recruitment, including the hard pitch in recent weeks that DGB is the only piece standing between the Longhorns and major offensive success.
Meanwhile, Gary Pinkel made quite a splash last week by showing up to Hillcrest in his helicopter amid speculation that the Tigers are finally a serious contender and perhaps ahead of Texas.
There have been some rumors that Texas has faded with DGB recently or been completely eliminated, but even though the Beckhams have kept a tight control on information coming out of their camp, they've expressed the desire not to waste the time of any coaching staffs recruiting DGB. The family followed through by notifying Alabama recently that the Crimson Tide were no longer under consideration. So, considering the lack of public pronouncement, it seems safe to assume that the 'Horns are still in the hunt.
The bottom line is the the quarterback situation at Texas, the distance from home, and the length of time it's been since DGB was in Austin -- mid-November for the Kansas State game -- probably all hurt the Longhorns. Still, Mack Brown will have the opportunity to make his final pitch and the thinking seems to be that were everything else equal, Texas would be in excellent position. If Brown can manage to assuage any concerns about David Ash and his future and the distance from home, the Longhorns could make a late move.
Again, since the Beckhams have handled DGB's recruitment in such a professional manner, it's extremely difficult to tell what exactly he's thinking. It's quite possible that he still hasn't made up his mind with just more than a week remaining under Signing Day.
Arkansas looks like the clear leader and favorite to land DGB, but there's still time for Texas, especially if DGB decides he's willing to venture away from home.