Nation's Top-Rated WR Prospect Visits Auburn

Dorial Green-Beckham

One of the nation's top prospects visited Auburn unofficially over the weekend.

Springfield, Mo.—The nation's top wide receiver prospect and one of the top players in the country for the 2012 signee class, Dorial Green-Beckham, arrived on the Plains late Saturday night and took in all the sights of Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn program until he left at midday on Monday.

His visit went very well, according to sources, as the receiver and nine family members and coaches took tours of Auburn's campus, football facilities and spent time talking with the coaching staff.

Being recruited by Auburn wide receiver Coach Trooper Taylor and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Green-Beckham and his father John Beckham politely refused to discuss his trip to Auburn. That's something that has been consistent with how they have handled the recruiting process for one of the nation's most highly sought prospects.

Dorial Green-Beckham's multi-day visit to Auburn was his first trip to see the 2010 BCS champions.

A 6-6, 220-pounder with better than 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Green-Beckham has offers from just about every football program in the country this year. Playing for Hillcrest High in Springfield, Missouri, the talented receiver caught 78 passes for over 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. In his three-year career he has 181 receptions for almost 2,500 yards and 51 touchdown catches.

Green-Beckham could narrow his list before his senior year begins in late August although it may not be made public until later in the year. Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are just some of the colleges he is considering after taking visits to those schools over the summer. His father recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's not something they're going to rush into.

"He has the luxury of not having to make a decision right away," Beckham said in the interview. "There's no reason to rush."

Dorial Green-Beckham

Following his Auburn visit Green-Beckham will turn his attention to Hillcrest football. He will talk to college coaches only once a week by phone. He's also not expected to pick a college until after the Hornets' season is over.

Auburn quarterback commitment Zeke Pike said he was encouraged about Auburn's chances with the receiver after spending part of the weekend in Auburn talking with Green-Beckham. Traveling from Kentucky to spend the day in Auburn and hang out with the coaches and players, Pike said he believes the visit was a good one for the nation's top wide receiver.

"I think he is going to wait until signing day," Pike said. "We'll see how it goes. Just him being there and being on campus is big. He brought his family. You don't see Dorial out much. He's kind of to himself. As high-profile as he is, I can only imagine what he's going through right now. Just him being there on campus is a big plus for us."

Fans wanting to see Green-Beckham in action won't have to wait long as Hillcrest opens its season on Aug. 27 against Seneca, Mo., High on ESPN. The game will be played at Missouri Southern University.

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