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Recruiting Confidential

45 prospects from ESPNU's 150 spill all

Originally Published: January 26, 2012
By Hunter Atkins, Matthew Muench, Kimberly O'Hara and Don Stewart | ESPN The Magazine
Nick SabanAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesRecruits are torn in their opinion about Nick Saban.

On signing day, listen to how many recruits talk about spending four years in school. But when we asked 45 prospects from the ESPNU 150 if they'd leave school early for the pros, 84.4 percent said yes. "My parents would be upset if they heard this," an elite receiver says, "but the goal is to get to the NFL." And our goal at Confidential is to provide cover for tomorrow's stars to dish on recruiting. We'll hold on to their identities -- but the truth is yours.


WHO'S THE NATION'S BEST RECRUIT?
Dorial Green-Beckham: 26.7 percent
All others: 73.3 percent
Dorial Green-Beckham is currently undecided, choosing from a final list of Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. But his peers have made up their minds about the 6'6", 220-pound receiver from Hillcrest High in Springfield, Mo. With 26.7 percent of the vote, he's the nation's bluest chip, they think. "He has the height, the athleticism and the hands," says one lineman. "He's another Randy Moss."



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