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Dorial Green-Beckham: The Nation's Best Player

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-by Braden Gall (follow him @AthlonBraden)

Athlon Sports 2012 recruiting ranking, the Athlon Consensus 100, was re-released today.

And there is no change at the top of the truest and most accurate Top 100 list in the nation. Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham remains the No. 1 player in the nation. He received two first-place votes (Rivals, NCSA), two second-place votes (Scout, 247Sports), a third (ESPN) and a fourth (Offense-Defense). While not all the experts agree he is the top player, one look at the numbers makes it is easy to see why the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder is Athlon’s No. 1 prospect once again.

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After all, Green-Beckham is the nation’s all-time leading prep wide receiver.

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The Calvin Johnson clone caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards — the fourth-highest total in history — and 24 touchdowns as a senior. In the process, his astounding 6,353 career receiving yards broke Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Abram Booty’s national record of 5,867 yards. His 300 career receptions rank fourth all-time behind Booty (302), Washington’s Cody Bruns (310) and Nitro’s (W.V.) Christopher Fulmer (329). His 75 career touchdowns rank third all-time in American high school football history behind Booty (83) and Prosser’s (Wash.) Kirby Moore (95).

Almost as remarkable as his statistics has been his recruitment process.

Green-Beckham has let his father and head coach do most of his talking throughout the process and has been playing his entire recruitment extremely close to the vest. The tight-lipped star has let little slip and has instead focused on his team’s successes. He is not only a gridiron monster but also stars on the basketball court as well as the Track and Field team.

He officially visited Texas on November 18 and is scheduled to take an official visit to Oklahoma on December 16. It is widely thought that Arkansas and Missouri will also figure prominently in his decision. If he does not land in Austin, it is reported that the distance from home will be the only reason. The offenses at both Oklahoma and Arkansas have to be appealing to his skills, and the move to the SEC might give the Tigers a slight bump — as could their recent history of elite pass-catchers.

The 2010 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year is a freakish blend of size, speed, hands, toughness and explosiveness. It is why Megatron comparisons are tossed around so liberally. With three months left in his recruitment, the only thing more exciting than a deep pass to DGB will be his announcement ceremony — which should take place sometime near (or on) National Signing Day 2012 (Feb. 1).

Until then, we are all left to ogle the No. 1 prospect's outrageous statistics:

Year

Rec.

Yards

YPC

TD

2008

37

801

21.6

13

2009

66

1,616

24.5

23

2010

78

1,703

21.8

15

2011

119

2,233

18.8

24

Total

300

6,353

21.2

75

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