The DGB Tour made its way to NWA on Tuesday.
That's Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 220, 4.4), the Springfield (MO) Hillcrest wide receiver regarded as the nation's best high school player by many.
He was in Rogers for a press conference for Hillcrest's game Sept. 1 with Rogers Heritage in Razorback Stadium – the middle game of a Hooten's Kickoff Classic tripleheader.
DGB then went on to Fayetteville to take an unofficial visit to Arkansas, one of the schools he says still in the running for his signature and whose season opener he will attend on Sept. 3.
"They (the Razorbacks) are an outstanding offense and they run a pro-style offense," Green-Beckham said. "They pass the ball a lot. That is what I mainly see and what I like to see is the passing."
The big news out after the press conference when John Beckham, Dorial's dad and head coach, noted that the player now had a top five.
It has come a little later than he wanted because Darnell Green-Beckham, Dorial's younger brother, was diagnosed with leukemia and has been dealing with that since January.
"Obviously there is a lot going on with the family, a lot going on with Dorial," Coach Beckham said. "We are just kind of taking it one day at a time and Dorial is doing the best he can going through the process.
"He spent this summer kind of catching up on some things recruiting wise because we were planning on making some trips in the spring and we couldn't do that because of his brother's illness," Beckham continued. "But he has finally got to the point where he has kind of narrowed things down to five schools, which we wanted to have him be at by September 1st, when schools can start calling him," Beckham continued. "He's been able to do that and I believe we are on track right now."
Green-Beckham has been on numerous campuses this summer, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, Ole Miss and Auburn.
But while he has narrowed his search to five schools, he is not ready to go public with them.
"Not yet," Green-Beckham said of announcing. "I am probably going to wait until later in my senior year to do that."
Arkansas is one of them according to DGB.
"They are still in the mix, but there are a lot of good schools out there that I haven't got to see," Green-Beckham said. "So I am not sure where it is going to be like from here."
"I am looking for a great coaching staff, the players, the atmosphere and just being around good people," Green-Beckham said.
Green-Beckham has hauled in 181 passes for 4,120 yards and 51 touchdowns since starting his first game as a ninth grader for Hillcrest.
"Every year has been a big improvement for me," Green-Beckham said. "Coming out as a freshman, coming out as a sophomore and then my junior into my senior year, everything has improved as a player and as a person."
Hillcrest actually gets it season started on Aug. 26 at Missouri Southern University when the Hornets face Seneca in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
"That is going to be the biggest game of the year for us," Green-Beckham said. "So we have got to be prepared, be there mentally."
Shiloh Christian will play Heber Springs at 3:30 p.m. in the opening game of the aforementioned Thursday tripleheader.
Hillcrest will then take on Heritage with Springdale Har-Ber battling Lebanon (MO) in the nightcap.
Coach Beckham believes that Heritage has an advantage on his team.
"Football is a little bit different in Northwest Arkansas than it is in Southwest Missouri," Beckham said. "We don't have spring practice and we start out in the fall a little bit late. We have got a tough row to hoe, but we are going to show up ready to play and play for 48 minutes and see what happens."
Hillcrest is coming off a 7-5 season in which Green-Beckham caught 78 passes for 1,703 yards and 15 touchdowns.
"We've mainly got a lot of defensive players coming back," Green-Beckham said. "We've got some new guys that are here that are going to be able to feel those spots of the ones that left. I think we are going to have a pretty good team both offense and defensive-wise."
The coach has admiration for how Darnell – who will be a sophomore this season - is handling his illness.
"He's struggling," Beckham said. "He is having a tough time. He had a treatment this morning and that is the reason we were cutting it a little close getting to this press conference. But he is doing okay."
There's no doubt that DGB will be playing for his younger brother.
"It's tough to go through the thing that he is going through and to know that my little brother has cancer," Green-Beckham said. "It's tough, but I always have him in my thoughts and I will always be there for him."
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