Dorial Green-Beckham and his Springfield Hillcrest team did not have their finest effort in Thursday's 37-20 loss to Rogers Heritage at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
But DGB (6-6, 220, 4.4) – as he has become known – did find the end zone twice and flashed his talent while catching 7 passes for 141 yards in the loss.
On both occasions, Arkansas fans Called the Hogs afterwards to let the young man know they would love to see him get in that end zone in college as well.
"I think there were a few fans here for Dorial," noted Hillcrest head coach John Beckham, the young man's adoptive dad. "I know he is disappointed in how he played. He just didn't have that many opportunities. Heritage did a great job in defending him."
Green-Beckham is regarded as the nation's best top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com and is a prime recruiting target of the Razorbacks.
He is schedule to be back in Fayetteville for Arkansas' season-opener Saturday night and the Razorbacks remain firmly in the chase for his signature per Beckham.
"They are very involved, very involved," Beckham said. "He is very interested."
Beckham said he and the DGB – who had 18 catches for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns in his senior opener - will finalize who's left in the chase on Friday.
Schools that DGB has visited unofficially are Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Ole Miss.
"We are going to sit down tomorrow afternoon and make sure he's got his final five," Beckham said. "I have already talked to a few coaches that know they are in the final five. He got a few phone calls today. Then the process will play out."
They are not planning an announcement.
"We are going to keep it private," Beckham said. "That is just the way we are going to do it. I don't know if it is the right way or the wrong way. I have said several times that we don't have the blueprint for this. We are just doing what we feel is right for our family."
The process would be very along except for the tragedy the family had to endure when Dorial's younger brother Darnell was diagnosed with leukemia.
"When he was diagnosed with leukemia last year, this is the one game that he wanted to play in," Beckham said. "He is a huge Arkansas fan and he just wanted to play in this game. The whole time he was in Memphis, nearly every day he asked the doctors ‘Will I be able to play on September first?'
"Obviously he wasn't able to play tonight," Beckham added. "He is having a tough time. He couldn't even make the trip with us. I just want to give a shout out to Darnell that we love him, we are thinking about him, maybe another time he can play at Razorback Stadium."
Darnell Green-Beckham is enduring chemotherapy treatments in Memphis.
"I think the prognosis is real good for him, but it's just the process just takes so long and the chemo – for whatever reason - he is really struggling with it," Beckham said. "He's been sick and the last two days have really been tough."
The illness has certainly put things in perspective according to the dad/coach.
"I always tell people how little we talk about recruiting would really surprise them," Beckham said. "I don't think we have talked about recruiting for a month. That's why tomorrow we are going to sit down and kind of talk about it.
"Darnell is his younger brother and he loves Darnell," Beckham continued. "He wishes he was here and he is doing everything he can to help Darnell out, but Darnell understands that Dorial has to go on with what he is doing. It is just one of those situations."
Green-Beckham has plans to be back Saturday, but the coach will be off to watch another one of his adopted sons - Army senior Kingsley Ehie.
I think Dorial may come back," Beckham said. " I'm not coming back for the game. I've got a son that plays for Army. I think we're going to go up there, go to Illinois and watch him play."
Photos by Marc F. Henning
Dorial Green-Beckham gets loose in the Heritage secondary.
Green-Beckham hauls in one of his seven receptions.
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