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Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:47 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:16 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will not be making an in-person visit Thursday to the nation’s No. 1 recruit according to the player’s coach.

“A situation occurred,” Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest coach John Beckham told

Beckham said that Petrino and Hillcrest receiver Dorial Green-Beckham “bumped into each other” earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas possibly creating an NCAA recruiting issue. Petrino was in town for the American Football Coaches Association convention. Green-Beckham was there for the U.S. Army All-Star Game.

Arkansas issued a statement Wednesday saying no NCAA violation occured.  

“When he was at the coaching convention in San Antonio, they bumped into each other,” said Beckham who also is Green-Beckham’s foster father. “It just so happened that another school that was recruiting Dorial happened to be there that day.”

This NCAA bylaw may apply: 

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.

The Army all-star game was Jan. 6. The AFCA convention was Jan. 8-11. There were NCAA recruiting "quiet" and "dead" periods during some of those dates. During those times no in-person contact is allowed with recruits by coaches. Beckham added that Arkansas will send other coaches on Thursday.

Arkansas' statement: "No violation has occured and we are taking proactive steps we feel necessary to avoid any risk of one." 

As days dwindle toward signing day on Feb. 1, the rush to get Green-Beckham’s name on a national letter of intent has intensified. The 6-foot, 6-inch, 225-pound receiver has narrowed his list of finalists to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Alabama. He is listed as having the most Twitter followers among the nation’s top 100 recruits

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and assistant Jay Norvell visited the school on Monday. Texas coach Mack Brown is expected to visit on Wednesday. Green-Beckham made an Arkansas visit last week with his foster  brother Kingsley Ehie. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel flew in by helicopter to speak to the prospect last week. Green-Beckham's list of finalists are Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

Recruiting analysts are hanging on every nugget of information regarding the national single-season leader in receiving yards. predicted Monday that the receiver would be heading to Arkansas. analyst Steve Spiewak says he can’t understand the perception that Arkansas is in the lead. Green-Beckham says he is undecided and will make his decision known next Wednesday morning at the school.

“People really read in too much to what he says,” Beckham said. “They interviewed [Dorial] last week before a basketball tournament in St. Louis. And he said … ‘I have to go to Missouri next week.’ They all got hung up on, ‘I have to,’ instead of ‘wanting to go.’ That’s just a little example.” 


Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:26 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Texas is first legitimate post non Razorback on this blog.  Arkansas is loaded with QB's and being labeled Wide Receiver U.  I have 4 WR committed.  Roberts and Hatcher from Oklahoma and Gardner and Hawkins.  What two am I missing that is committed?  We have 5 spots open.  3 WRs are going to the NFL so getting 6 is a good fit especially at the level we are recruiting. DGB is smart fellow.  Hogs are on the cusp of something great.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:17 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Why does everyone keep bringing up the 2008 Cotton Bowl? You're bragging about winning a non BCS bowl game against an interim head coach 4 years ago.

How did that AdvoCare V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL treat you this year? It's easy for Missouri fans to talk trash before actually playing in the SEC.

As for DGB I'm obviously rooting for Arkansas to get him, but even if we don't I think our offense will still be potent. We have other receiving recruits in Cowan and Hatcher that can step up big with our returning players.

Best of luck in the SEC next year Missouri. Maybe you'll actually have something other than the 2008 Cotton Bowl to brag about, but I doubt it.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:31 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Not seeing a big deal here and Petrino acting properly if these are all the facts.  I do wonder what school reported this.  I also see where Ark just added a sixth receiver (DGB would make 7).  Six seems excessive if DGB a lock.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:22 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

The facts of the situation are not found in the article above written by a "journalist" with a "journalism" degree from Missouri.  Very sad that the days of journalistic integrity and proofreading are becoming scarce.  The dates in this article are bogus and a poor attempt to make the recruitment of DGB by the Razorbacks look tainted.  The funniest thing about this whole situation is only people who know their chances are slim try to point fingers and "snitch" on others needlessly.  You don't hear any journalists from Arkansas trying to find dirt on Missouri because we don't need to lower ourselves to being bitter over this situation.  The thing that should scare Missouri fans the most is the fact that DGB and his family are going out of their way to make certain that a violation doesn't occur.  Would they be doing that if they were certain he wouldn't be going to Arkansas?  I think not.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:55 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

It should be noted that the author of this STORY is a MIzzou grad.  It should also be noted that the dates in the STORY are not accurate.  The razorbacks were winning the Cotton Bowl on the 6th.  The game DGB played in was on the 7th.  Poor reporting.  I would expect better from a journalism school.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:07 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

@Port City Pig . . . . I come off as angry and delusional but yet you are the one that rants a long book about the Univ. of Arky.  You even talk about their track and field program which is something that is completely off topic.  All I did was state a few FACTS.     

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:57 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Looking forward to it RedHog.  When we play I'll message you and the beer is on me.  Happy to be a part of the best Conference on the face of the Planet!

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:17 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Your time is coming to prove that offense and that you have and the D as well.  Should be epic for MIZZOU! Also get a new logo nobody know what in the world that is....

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:12 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

I love seeing Arkansas posting stats from a conference where Offense is not played- CLASSIC!

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:05 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

I love seeing MIZZOU posting stats from a conference where Defense is not played- CLASSIC!

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