The Dorial Green-Beckham recruiting saga ended with him signing his letter of intent to Mizzou, but unlike so many top recruits before him, he kept the process under control.
It was measured, quiet, and well-handled.
Colleague Mitch Sherman says it set the blueprint, and tells you the story of how his family didn't allow it to envelop them.
Dorial and his adoptive parents, Hillcrest football coach John Beckham and wife, Tracy, controlled the chaos. For many notable prospects, it's too much to handle; recruiting takes over. They commit and decommit and melt under the pressure of college coaches and the media.
"You get to the point where you can't sweat the little stuff," Tracy Beckham said. "It's just not important.
"John has watched other recruitments and seen a lot of unhappy kids, how they don't have any fun for the last two years of high school, because they're consumed by this process."
So let this latest tale serve caution -- or even as a guide -- for the next mega-prospect under the spotlight. Maybe it's Class of 2013 star Robert Nkemdiche, the man-child defensive end out of Georgia, or a high-end talent set to explode during the next few months.
John and Tracy entered this process determined to let Green-Beckham live a life as normal as possible for a high school senior.
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