Petrino will not visit Green-Beckham on Thursday
Dorial Green-Beckham, perhaps the top overall player in the Class of 2012, will not receive a visit from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino on Thursday, according to Green-Beckham’s high school coach.
Per Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest coach John Beckham simply said "a situation occurred.”
Dorial Green-Beckham caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior season.
One possible reason for the change of plans, as Dodd explains, is the fact that Petrino and Green-Beckham ran into each other earlier this month in San Antonio, which could possibly be an NCAA recruiting violation. Petrino was in town for a convention, while Green-Beckham was attending the U.S. Army All-Star Game.
Beckham, who is also Green-Beckham’s foster father, said “another school that was recruiting Dorial happened to be there that day,” which could be a violation of Bylaw 13.17.4, which states:
In football, one contact per prospective student-athlete is permitted during each week of the contact period as specified in Bylaw 13.17.4 either at the prospective student-athlete's educational institution or any other location (e.g., prospective student-athlete's home). A visit to the prospective student-athlete's educational institution and any other location (e.g., prospective student-athlete's home) during the same calendar day shall be considered one contact.
Because there were NCAA recruiting quiet and dead periods in place, no in-person contact was allowed with recruits by coaches at those times. Perhaps the run-in occurred during one of these periods. Beckham did say, however, that the Razorbacks will send other coaches to visit on Thursday.
With National Signing Day approaching February 1, Green-Beckham has narrowed his list of finalists to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Alabama. The national single-season leader in receiving yards, who is undecided and will make his decision known next Wednesday morning, has an unmatched blend of size, speed, hands and explosiveness. Because he is close to his family, many believe he won't choose a school too far away from his hometown of Springfield. Last week, I projected that he would indeed choose the Hogs.
In his final high school season, DGB caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns. His 6,353 career receiving yards shattered the national record, and he was named USA Today National Player of the Year, Sporting News National Player of the Year, ESPN All-American, Gatorade All-American and U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year.
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