South Bend Tribune Staff Writer
6:46 PM CDT, September 2, 2011
Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation’s top recruit, was expected to trim his list of potential schools to five on Friday, according to a story in his hometown paper, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.
Green-Beckham, however, is not expected to release the list of finalists to the public.
"We’re going to keep it private," John Beckham, Hillcrest’s coach and Green-Beckham’s adoptive father, told the paper. "We don’t know if it’s the right way or the wrong way, but that’s how we’re going to do it."
One school that appeared to be in the running was Arkansas. In fact, Beckham was asked last Thursday if Arkansas was still involved.
"Very involved," the coach said.
The night before he was to pare his list, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Green-Beckham caught seven passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The game was played in front of 21,124 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Green-Beckham has been facing adversity off the field. His younger brother, Darnell, a sophomore receiver, was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
"When he was diagnosed with leukemia last year, this was the one game he wanted to play in," said Beckham, who also has adopted Darnell. "He’s a huge Arkansas fan. The whole time we were in Memphis (for treatment), nearly every day he’d ask the doctors, ‘Can I play Sept. 1?’
"He’s having a tough time ... we wanted to give a shout out to him and tell him we love him and that we’re thinking about him. Maybe another time he can play in Razorback Stadium."
"I think the prognosis is real good for him, it's just the process takes so long and the chemo(therapy), for whatever reason, he's really struggled with it, and he's just been sick quite a bit," Beckham told Rivals.com.
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