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Leaders emerge for Green-Beckham

10/28/2011

Just a day after breaking the national career receiving yards mark, Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest senior Dorial Green-Beckham broke his silence about which schools he is considering amid his intense recruitment.

In an exclusive Friday interview with ESPNHS, Green-Beckham said Arkansas and Oklahoma are two schools he has high interest in, while Texas and Auburn are also contenders for his talents.

“Arkansas and Oklahoma are the two schools that are high up in the running. I definitely plan on visiting those two,” said Green-Beckham, who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPNU 150. “But I’m still open to considering other schools, too.”

“Texas and Auburn are also possibilities, but me and my dad have to sit down and talk about those schools. We’ve talked about the negatives and positives and stuff like that, but we’ve still got time to figure out if I want to take visits there as well.”

Texas may have helped its case on Friday. Longhorns coach Mack Brown called Green-Beckham to congratulate him on breaking the record before passing the phone over to wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt for a short conversation.

A report circulated Wednesday that Green-Beckham would visit Texas on Nov. 19 for the Kansas State game and then travel to Auburn on Nov. 26 for the “Iron Bowl” against Alabama. But Green-Beckham reiterated on Friday that no official visits have been set.

Green-Beckham’s father and coach, John Beckham, also told ESPNHS on Thursday that the Texas and Auburn visits will mostly depend on the availability of his son, who also plans to play basketball this winter after Hillcrest’s football playoff run ends.

Green-Beckham said there are other schools he’s willing to consider and visit among the 30-plus BCS schools that have offered him a scholarship, but he said he wasn’t ready to reveal them at this point.

Green-Beckham has taken two unofficial visits in recent weeks. He saw Arkansas face Auburn on Oct. 8 and Missouri when they faced Iowa State on Oct. 15. Missouri has also been long suspected as one of Green-Beckham’s top schools.

With this news and yet another milestone to his name, Green-Beckham’s recruitment is sure to heat up even more.

Following a 303-yard performance in Thursday’s regular-season finale, Green-Beckham now has 6,109 career receiving yards (and counting), making him the first high school player to tally more than 6,000. An 81-yard touchdown in the first half pushed Green-Beckham ahead of Abram Booty (Evangel Christian/Shreveport, La.) on the all-time career receiving yards list.

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS. You can follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker.