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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: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:42 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

Hold up there Tonto! You must be late to the party because there is a Mizzou fan on Twitter dissing all of our recruits.  We got involved to make sure idiots like that don't make us look bad!  We are defending our recruits from people posing to be Hog fans!

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:41 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

You're really brilliant aren't you.  I'm sure ONLY Arkansas fans are doing this.  Wake up dude, EVERYONE does this.  I'm sure you're just a spurned fan of Mizzou or OU spewing sour grapes.

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:32 pm

Petrino not seeing No. 1 recruit Thursday

This recruiting of DGB, has shown that HOg fans are some serious losers.

they are friending DGb gfriend,family, etc and tweeting and facebooking them on a daily basis. It's super creepy and loserish. They have even stooped to the level of creating troll accounts to make other programs look bad(MU,Bama,OU). 

This is a High School kid, leave him,his family, and his Gfriend alone, for christs sake.  Get a life

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