Springfield, Mo., wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation's No. 1 recruit, is set to announce his collegiate destination Wednesday, and Missouri made its best effort this weekend to keep the 6-foot-6, 220-pound gem in his home state.
Green-Beckham made his final official visit to Columbia to meet with coaches, players and fellow recruits, check out the campus and take in the Tigers' basketball game against Texas Tech. And during each step, Missouri fans were nipping at his heels with signs, cheering and a lot of begging.
It was the crest of a fever-pitched recruiting effort for Green-Beckham that even included head coach Gary Pinkel dropping in on DGB's high school in a helicopter. Missouri still has to outdo Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma for Green-Beckham, but many believe the Tigers are the favorites.
And it's easy to see the reason for all the hoopla. Missouri is definitely out of its element when courting the nation's No. 1 prospect. The Tigers have gotten their fair share of high-level players, but snagging a specimen like Green-Beckham — heck, even getting Green-Beckham to campus — is a coup that can only be attributed to that fact that Mizzou is the home state school. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's got an offense that loves its wide receivers, or that it's moving to the nation's best conference, the SEC.
Just in case DGB was still contemplating his decision, Missouri took one last chance to woo DGB and made the most of it. As DGB rolled up to the Missouri football offices last Friday, about 80 fans showed up as an unofficial welcoming party chanting his name. The phrase, "We love you!" was even thrown out.