Texas Longhorns: Dorial Green-Beckham

We took a look at full classes today, but now, we'll take a look at individual players.

Who are you most excited to see in the years to come? We'll include Mizzou and A&M recruits in this poll.

Johnathan Gray, RB, Texas

Gray comes to Texas as the national player of the year, the No. 2 overall recruit and top running back, as well as the record holder for career rushing touchdowns with 205. The shifty, powerful back was named Mr. Football USA by ESPNHS.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri

Beckham was the biggest prize left late in the recruiting sweepstakes, and the nation's No. 1 receiver is headed to his home state's school, Mizzou. He, like Gray, was dominant at his position. He holds the national record for career high school receiving yards with 6,353 and caught 300 passes and 75 touchdowns in his career.

Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Despite Gray's gaudy stats, there's at least a few folks who think Williams could be just as good or better. He heads to Aggieland via Houston as the nation's No. 5 running back and rushed for 3,890 yards on 427 carries, scoring 48 touchdowns as a senior. Not bad, eh?

Dominique Wheeler, WR, Texas Tech

Wheeler would love to be the next in a long line of great receivers from Texas Tech. He's the nation's No. 8 receiver and at 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, possesses 4.4 speed and a feel for space, with the ability to make plays in open space with the ball in his hands. He played some Wildcat QB in high school.

Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma

Metoyer is on campus and enrolled for spring. He had to wait an extra year to enroll after failing to qualify and enrolling at military school, but the No. 8 receiver in the 2011 class was one of the top signees for the Sooners in 2011. Now, he'll get his chance and an extra spring to prepare at a position of need for OU.

ESPNU Signing Day Times

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ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

Statistically, who needs Green-Beckham?

January, 31, 2012
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National Signing Day is a day away, and the nation’s top wide receiver recruit remains unsigned. Dorial Green-Beckham will announce his intentions at 10:15 A.M. ET on Wednesday, with many of the nation’s top programs looking on.

Green-Beckham has been described as a hybrid of Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones. At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, he possesses the size and speed to be a significant deep threat and formidable red-zone target.

Any program in the nation would be happy to land Green-Beckham, but he has narrowed his list to five schools -- Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Oklahoma –- all of which have significant holes at wide receiver.

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Statistically, who needs Green-Beckham?

January, 30, 2012
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National signing day is a day away, and the nation’s top wide receiver recruit remains unsigned. Dorial Green-Beckham will announce his intentions at 10:15 A.M. ET on Wednesday, with many of the nation’s top programs looking on.

Green-Beckham has been described as a hybrid of Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones. At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, he possesses the size and speed to be a significant deep threat and formidable red-zone target.

Any program in the nation would be happy to land Green-Beckham, but he has narrowed his list to five schools -- Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Oklahoma –- all of which have significant holes at wide receiver.

So the question becomes, who needs Dorial Green-Beckham most?

Alabama has stocked up on wide receiver recruits in its 2012 class with five 4-star or 5-star recruits listed as ATH/WR. The Tide could use all of the help that they can get after losing their top four pass catchers from 2011. Most importantly, Alabama needs to find a top wide receiver to fill the void left by Julio Jones and Marquis Maze leaving in consecutive years.

Jones and Maze were targeted on almost half of Alabama’s passes thrown 20 yards or more in the air since the start of 2010, resulting in 15 receptions and five touchdowns. Green-Beckham’s downfield prowess would benefit AJ McCarron who improved his deep passing in the second half of last season.

Arkansas is the predicted landing spot for Green-Beckham by all seven ESPN experts polled. If he chooses to sign with the Razorbacks, Green-Beckham would fill one of the greatest wide receiver voids in the nation.

Arkansas is losing three of its top four wide receivers, including the school’s top two players in career receptions, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams. Wright and Adams combined for more receiving yards (1,769) than any other set of receivers in the SEC last season.

In fact, no SEC team had three wide receivers combine for more yards, receptions and touchdowns than Wright and Adams.

Missouri needs a second wide-receiver option behind T.J. Moe next season with TE Michael Egnew and WR Wes Kemp graduating. Moe has the second-most receiving yards in the Big 12 since the start of 2010 among returning players, but he is not known for his deep-threat ability.

Of his 146 receptions in the past two seasons, only 13 have gone for 25 or more yards. Green-Beckham’s downfield speed would lead to more big plays for the Tigers and open up underneath routes for Moe and others.

Oklahoma must replace FBS’s all-time leader in receptions, Ryan Broyles. Broyles was Oklahoma’s top target downfield, in the red zone, on third down and when opponents brought the blitz over the last two years.

Landry Jones struggled after Broyles’ injury in 2011, and despite landing three 4-star wide receiver recruits, a talent like Green-Beckham could fill the void left by Broyles.

Broyles had some of the strongest hands in college football, dropping just two passes in 417 pass attempts since the start of 2009.

According to scouts, Green-Beckham also has strong hands and the ability to snatch balls in traffic, which will be valuable in an Oklahoma offense that throws a lot of quick slants. Oklahoma has focused on replacing Broyles with three 4-star recruits committed for next season, but the addition of Green-Beckham will have an immediate impact on a team with national title hopes.

Texas could use Green-Beckham’s size in the red zone. The Longhorns completed just 32 percent of their passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the red zone during conference play last season, which was the worst completion percentage by any Big 12 team in the last five seasons.

When throwing into the end zone, Texas completed just 5-of-17 passes with two interceptions. Beckham’s 6’6” size and leaping ability would give Texas a target to drastically improve its red-zone passing offense.

ESPNU Signing Day Times

January, 30, 2012
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ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

Uncommitted Prospects: Predictions edition 

January, 26, 2012
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The big day is looming. With national signing day less than a week away, there are still several recruits who have yet to commit.

A few have ties to the Longhorns, but where will they go?

Our recruiting experts weighed in with their guesses to where guys like Dorial Green-Beckham will play at the next level.

Check out the full post.

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Thursday’s episode of RecruitingNation

January, 26, 2012
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"RecruitingNation" airs at 5:30 p.m. ET today on ESPNU with host Dari Nowkhah and RecruitingNation's Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert and Jamie Newberg.

RecruitingNation breaks down the top 10 players still undecided, including Dorial Green-Beckham, Davonte Neal, Andrus Peat and Eddie Goldman. The panel discusses why these players are important, where are they are likely to end up, and what it means for the teams that don’t get them.

The show will also feature results from ESPN The Magazine’s "Recruiting Confidential" poll of the top prospects in the nation. Who do the top players think is the nation’s best recruiter? Most over-rated recruiter? And, do they feel like they were being stalked through the recruiting process?

The show wraps up with a look at the top storylines for fans to follow as we count down to Feb. 1, national signing day.

Texas will not offer TE Hobbs 

January, 25, 2012
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The Longhorns will not offer tight end Vincent Hobbs (Mesquite, Texas/Horn), according to his head coach.

Rodney Webb told HornsNation on Wednesday that Hobbs did not get an offer from the Longhorns after talking with Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers.

"They got another commitment," Webb said. The coach did not know who the commitment was.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Monday might not have been a good day for Texas recruiting, but it had to be a good one for Vincent Hobbs (Mesquite, Texas/Horn).

The three-star tight end is patiently waiting for an offer from Longhorns coaches after visiting Austin this weekend. He’ll find out whether he gets one or not on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to say I’m nervous, but I’m anxious,” Hobbs said. “I’ve got a good plan made up, but my plan is based on if Texas comes through or not.”

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Pulling out all the stops for DGB 

January, 19, 2012
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It’s been an interesting week for Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest). The nation’s top-ranked receiver and one of the most highly touted uncommitted players has been courted by the best coaches and has seen coaches go all out just to show their interest.

Case in point, Green-Beckham was visited earlier this week by Missouri coach Gary Pinkel -- who arrived at Hillcrest High School in a helicopter. It is believed that Missouri is neck and neck with Arkansas for Green-Beckham’s services. Officially, Green-Beckham has Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas as his final five schools.

A lot can be determined this weekend, as Green-Beckham is expected to take an official visit to Arkansas. This will be only his second official visit – Texas was the first in November – and it is known that the Razorbacks are a fan favorite to Green-Beckham’s younger brother, Darnell.

“With Arkansas, it’s the atmosphere. It’s football,” Green-Beckham said about the Razorbacks during the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. “Everybody likes to be around football there. It’s kind of like Dallas with the Cowboys. The whole atmosphere is unbelievable.”

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TCU athlete commitment Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) has informed HornsNation that he will take an official visit to Texas on Jan. 28.

Johnson (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) is a four-star prospect rated as the No. 21 athlete and No. 144 recruit overall in the ESPNU 150.

Texas’ official visit invite to Johnson could mean a few things. One, that the Longhorns understand that they are not as much of a player in the pursuit of Dorial Green-Beckham as they once were, and want to get a feel for Johnson as another option.

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Chat wrap: A few recruiting updates 

January, 18, 2012
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HornsNation's William Wilkerson stopped by to chat and offered up a ton of recruiting updates as we get closer to national signing day. Read the full chat here.

Here's some of the best questions"

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Texas held steady at No. 2 in the latest ESPN recruiting class rankings behind Alabama. Florida State, Florida and Georgia round out the new top 5.

The Crimson Tide jumped to the top of the list thanks to verbal commitments from top safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) and four-star athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) during the Under Armour All-America Game.

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UT left waiting on big names 

January, 12, 2012
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There are less than three weeks to go until prospects put pen to paper on national signing day. But Texas still has much to determine between now and then.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comBaylor commit Corey Coleman could see more interest from Texas with the decommitment of Thomas Johnson.
For example, what to do after last week’s decommitment from Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline)?

Do the Longhorns look at another wide receiver? Do they try and go after another defensive back that would add depth to a depleted safety position? Or are they content with what they have on board?

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