Here are five things to watch this weekend around the Midlands region.
DGB: Will he or won’t he?
The following question could linger for the next couple of weeks: Will this be the week five-star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) sets the national receiving record?
Green-Beckham is 251 yards from breaking the national high school record for most receiving yards in a career. He has 5,617 yards for his career and is chasing the number of 5,867, set by Abram Booty (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) from 1993-96.
Green-Beckham, barring injury, should break the record before Hillcrest’s regular season concludes in two weeks. He has had several games of 200-plus receiving yards, and he recently set the Missouri state record with a 354-yard performance against Rolla, Mo.
Green-Beckham is one of the nation’s most highly touted uncommitted recruits. Tight-lipped about his frontrunners, Green-Beckham is speculated to have Arkansas, Oklahoma, Auburn and Missouri among his top choices.
National TV, then visit for DT Wakefield
Defensive tackle Markus Wakefield (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) is hoping this weekend will have multiple happy endings.
For starters, Wakefield and Heritage Hall will play Bethany, Okla., on a game televised by ESPNU Friday night. Heritage Hall is 7-0 and will face a Bethany team it defeated once during the regular season and again in the Oklahoma Class 3A state semifinals last season. The Chargers went on to win the state championship.
After Friday, Wakefield is scheduled to visit Colorado State. The Rams have offered, but Wakefield also is entertaining looks from Wake Forest, Kansas State and Dartmouth.
“I’m looking forward to the trip, and I want to find a place where I’ll feel comfortable spending my next four years,” Wakefield said. “I want to say that I’m a graduate.”
District battle of RBs in Texas
Three of the better running backs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area go toe to toe on Friday, as Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus hosts nationally ranked Allen, Texas, for the lead in their district.
Both teams enter Friday with 7-0 records. Allen, ranked No. 3 in the Fab 50, features Missouri-bound Jonathan Williams. After missing a couple of games with back spasms, Williams has accounted for 618 yards and seven touchdowns.
On the other side is Marcus’ running tandem of Harvey Giddens and Jeff Smiley. Combined, the two have rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. Giddens is getting looks from Cincinnati, Northwestern and Nevada, while Smiley is getting looks from Kansas State, North Texas and Cincinnati among others.
KU, K-State for bragging rights
As the Sunflower State prepares for this weekend’s Kansas-Kansas State clash, commitments will either be in attendance in Lawrence, Kan., or glued to their television sets to watch the battle.
Kansas has eight commits, including six three-star athletes. Among the players who will be rooting for the Jayhawks on Saturday include offensive guard Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West), tight end Jordan Smith (Waco, Texas/Reicher), quarterback Seth Russell (Garland, Texas).
Kansas State currently has 10 commits, including six three-star players. Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan./Sumner Academy), quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) and running back Jarvis Leverett (Katy, Texas/Cypress Lakes) are among the athletes looking for a Wildcat victory.
Visits set for four-star OL Kozan
Four-star offensive lineman Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) has more than 20 offers and eventually will narrow down a list of seven schools -- with a possible eighth in the mix. Prior to the weekend, however, Kozan will focus on doing his part to keep Valor Christian undefeated, as 7-0 Eagles face Littleton (Colo.) on Friday.
Kozan has a visit scheduled for LSU this weekend, and he is planning on visiting Oregon next week. Kozan took a trip to Iowa last month.
Kozan last month narrowed his list to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, LSU, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa and Illinois. He said he wanted to make visits before making a decision. Michigan, however, recently offered him and has entered the race for his services.