Hog recruit the king of high school receivers
Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest receiver Dorial Green-Beckham didn’t show out during Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week in August but Thursday night he broke the nation’s receiving yards record.
Green-Beckham caught 11 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns helping Hillcrest beat Republic, (Mo.) 35-7 for a conference title and homefield advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The nation's No. 1 recruit, according to CBS/MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming, broke the national receiving yardage mark with 1:06 left in the second quarter with an 81-yard TD catch and run.
Green-Beckham now has 276 career catches for 6,209 yards and 69 TDs, and finished the regular season with 98 catches for 1,986 yards and 21 scores. Abram Booty of Evangel Academy (Shreveport, La.) previously held the record with 5,867 yards receiving from 1993-96.
Hillcrest lost its season opener to Rogers Heritage 37-20 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium during Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week but finishes the regular season 9-1, the best record in school history. Interestingly, Rogers Heritage has not won since the opener.
Thursday night's game was stopped after Green-Beckham’s record-setting play in the second quarter and he was presented the game ball in a ceremony at midfield. In the second half Green-Beckham added TD catches of 36, 63 and 44 yards. It was Green-Beckham's second career game with more than 300 receiving yards and his third with at least four TD catches.
Green-Beckham has offers from every major college in America and the University of Arkansas is one of his favorites. He has visited the UA campus more than once. In addition to playing during Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week, Green-Beckham attended the Razorbacks' win over Auburn earlier this month.
In 2010, National Player of the Year Kiehl Frazier helped Shiloh Christian win during Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week and then led his team to a third straight state title before signing with defending national champion Auburn.