Dominating the Field

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Hillcrest H.S., Springfield, Mo.), the Army Player of the Year, needs just one hand to haul in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Cyler Miles in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl./Photo Credit: Forrest Berkshire, U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Prep Football Star Claims Nation’s Best Player Honor

San Antonio, TX-Hands down, Dorial Green-Beckham is the best high school football player in the country. College recruits have been wowed by the mercurial and athletic wide receiver for the past few seasons. Just about every college football power has Green-Beckham on their list to sign. It’s pretty easy to see why. He’s big, tall and fast. He has recorded more yards in a stellar prep career than any other wide receiver in high school football history.

In short, Green-Beckham has become more than a dominant force on the football field. He has become the force as he displayed at the recently played U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which annually showcases the best senior football players in the country. Green-Beckham is already being described as the prototype can’t-miss college prospect, and is constantly compared to several NFL elite wide receivers.

Yes, he has those kinds of skills. Even bowl game officials peeped that out.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced Dorial Green-Beckham as the 2012 U.S. Army Player of the Year, given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football. The announcement was made tonight at the U.S. Army Awards Dinner at the San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Green-Beckham, a wide receiver at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., was presented with the Ken Hall Trophy, which is modeled after Ken “Sugar Land Express” Hall, high school football’s all-time leading rusher.

“I want to thank God. I want to thank my family for all they have done for me. I want to thank my teammates and all my coaches, and finally I want to thank all of you for giving me the support to help make me the player I am today,” said Green-Beckham.

“Every U.S. Army All-American reflects the characteristics found in the Army Strong Soldier and possesses a mental, emotional and physical strength like no other,” said John Myers, Director, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Dorial has distinguished himself even further by his on-field leadership. We are proud to recognize Green-Beckham for his strengths and congratulate him on his selection as the 2012 U.S. Army Player of the Year.”

“Green-Beckham is 6-foot-6, 220 pounds with room to play at 240-plus, he runs in the 10.7 range in the 100 meters, triple jumps 45 feet and is dominant in every aspect on the football field. What more do you want?”

Dorial Green-Beckham poses with his parents (John and Tracy Beckham) after being named the U.S. Army Player of the Year and receiving the Ken "Sugarland Express" Hall Trophy. Photo by U.S. Army

As a junior, Green-Beckham caught 78 passes for 1,706 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging an amazing 21.87 yards-per-catch despite constant attention and safety coverage over the top.

This followed a sophomore season in which he caught 66 passes for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns. An easy choice for’s #1 player in the 2012 class,” said Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst.Green-Beckham set the national career receiving yards record with 6,447 and finished the 2011 season with 119 catches for 2,234 yards and 24 touchdowns. Both and MaxPreps rank Green-Beckham as the top prep football recruit in the nation.

He is strong and can use his size to fight off defenders and to shield the defender from the ball, particularly in the redzone. He has excellent speed and is a deep threat and big hands that allow him to catch the ball away from his body or snag the ball out of the air or over his head.

The Player of the Year selection process began this past fall as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from around the country. Past U.S. Army Player of the Year winners include: 2001 – Kevin Jones; 2002 – Lorenzo Booker; 2003 – Chris Leak; 2004 – Adrian Peterson; 2005 – Ryan Perrilloux; 2006 – Mitch Mustain; 2007 – Jimmy Clausen; 2008 – Terrelle Pryor; 2009 – Bryce Brown; 2010 – Dillon Baxter; and 2011 – Demetrius Hart.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Marcus Lattimore, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

Source: U.S. Army/Black

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