Missing Superstar

Springfield Hillcrest head coach John Beckham updates the recruiting status of his son and star player Dorial Green-Beckham (6-3, 220, 4.4), a prime Razorback target whose hamstring injury is keeping him from playing in this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Tournament in Springdale.

SPRINGDALE – Those Razorback fans hoping to see Springfield Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 220, 4.4) play in Arkansas will have to wait until Sept. 1.

That's when the Springfield Hillcrest star – a big-tie Arkansas recruiting target - and his teammates will be taking on Rogers Heritage at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Hillcrest is in Arkansas this weekend for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 at Shiloh Christian, but Green-Beckham – the nation's top 2012 grid recruit – didn't make the trip.

"He hurt his hamstring in track this year, kind of late and he is just not quite 100 percent yet," noted Hillcrest head coach John Beckham, Dorial's adopted dad. "We didn't bring him because if I did I wouldn't be able to keep him off the field. If you left his stuff at home, he would take somebody else's stuff to play."

There's also the matter of his younger brother Darnell, a sophomore-to-be who has been battling leukemia and is scheduled to go back to Memphis on Monday.

"His little brother is getting ready to head to Memphis again on Monday and I just thought it was good that he stayed at home and spent time with him," Beckham said.

Darnell was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in February.

"It was a shock to the family and just totally unexpected," Beckham said. "But the prognosis looks really good for him and we are feeling much more positive as a family about Darnell's situation."

That diagnosis obviously slowed the recruiting process for Dorial, who has offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma. Alabama, Texas and most every other major college football program.

"He started getting offers when he was a freshman and I thought let's not even think about it," Beckham said. "We really anticipated last spring visiting some schools and that we would start narrowing it down and getting a little more serious. But Darnell's illness really had us postponing that.

"This summer we have tried here and there to get out to a few schools, but there are still a few more stops that he would like to make," Beckham said. "I don't know if we are going to be able to do it. The process is going a little slower than we anticipated."

Arkansas – where Green-Beckham has visited a few times – remains squarely in the mix according to the head coach.

That is in large part due to the recruiting job done by Razorback assistant Tim Horton.

"They are most definitely still in the mix," Beckham said. "Coach Tim Horton could not do more than what he is doing. From my point of view, they have done great.

"There is a lot to love about Arkansas," Beckham said. "It is the SEC, it is a team that throws the ball around, it is close to home. There are just a lot of positives. It is where his little sister wants him to go."

Beckham said the family is likely to be in attendance for Arkansas' season-opener with Missouri State in Fayetteville on Sept. 3.

Hillcrest will already be in Fayetteville to play the aforementioned game two days earlier at Razorback Stadium.

That contest follows a season-opening game with Seneca on Aug. 27 that will be nationally televised by ESPN.

"The kids are pumped about those games and really pumped about playing in Razorback Stadium," Beckham said. "We are close to Arkansas and have a lot of Arkansas fans on our team as well as parents. It is a highlight for those kids and we are all really excited about it."

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