The May Evaluation period ended Tuesday night but that doesn't mean college coaches are going to stop evaluating players this summer. While assistants have been going from high school to high school over the past month and a half to look at players up close and personal, they are now able to do so near their college campus in the form of school camps. Missouri is one of the schools taking advantage right away, hosting a school camp in nearby Springfield, Missouri on Wednesday.
The same Springfield, Missouri that is also home to a Missouri target who also happens to be the nation's top player: Dorial Green-Beckham.
"I can't comment on that," head coach Gary Pinkel said when asked about Green-Beckham. "I'd go to jail. I don't want to go to jail."
While Pinkel wouldn't go to jail if he mentioned the talented wide out's name but he would commit an NCAA secondary violation. Nevertheless, the Tigers staff did what they could to impress Green-Beckham, with Pinkel riding to the event in a black and gold Harley Davidson motorcycle according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver visited Columbia last week on an unofficial visit but had yet another opportunity to gauge how the staff works as he was put through the paces at one of the four summer camps put on by the Tigers. According to the Post-Dispatch:
Still recovering from a hamstring strain that kept him from defending his 100-meter title at Missouri's track and field championships last week, Green-Beckham was extremely limited in the camp. The soon-to-be senior spent some time catching passes from different quarterbacks but mostly conversed with members of the Missouri coaching staff. He has been on Missouri's recruiting radar since he was in eighth grade, and it was not long before other top schools around the nation started showing attention as well.
Green-Beckham holds scholarship offers from just about every school in the country and has recently begun to narrow down his list. Missouri, Oklahoma and several SEC schools have emerged as leaders for the receiver that MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming has compared to Randy Moss.
"I think you look for competitiveness, quickness and speed," Pinkel said of qualities he looks for in a player. "It's all about movement, change of direction. That's what football is."
Pinkel also described a lot of the qualities the county's top wide receiver has. There were 343 players at the camp in Springfield but it was the local star, Green-Beckham, who likely drew most of the attention from the Missouri staff Wednesday as a result.