Top high school prospect visits OSU
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1/25/13 at 2:43 PM
Laquon Treadwell has gotten used to attention.
Since becoming the nation's top wide receiver for the Class of 2013, Treadwell has been the target of social-media pleas by fans desperate for him to attend their university.
"It's kind of fun to see which school has the best fanbase," Treadwell said during a phone interview Saturday night. "Most of the time they're all respectful and just want you at their school."
Potential NCAA violations for contacting recruits via social media don't appear to faze fans. Treadwell, a 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect, has more than 10,000 followers.
That number will likely drop Thursday, when Treadwell crushes the hopes of all but one fanbase as he announces his college decision during a ceremony at his high school, Crete (Ill.) Monee. His finalists are Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
"Right now I'm leaning to where I want to go," Treadwell said, declining to offer further insight. " ... I know the two that it's between."
Treadwell, a five-star recruiting by Rivals.com and Scout.com, took an official visit to OSU this weekend - his final visit before deciding on his destination - and he said the highlight has been building a better relationship with coach Mike Gundy.
"I spent a lot of time with him today," Treadwell said. "We had breakfast and after that I was with him for about four or five hours. We went to his son's basketball game."
Accompanying Treadwell on his visit were his three uncles, one of whom is Ricky Young, a former All-America linebacker at OSU.
The Cowboys made Treadwell's list of finalists because of their high-powered offense Â– despite not having named an offensive coordinator Â– and a trio of capable quarterbacks, plus a history of other receivers making names for themselves at OSU.
"I try to look at it as who has done things that you want to do," Treadwell said. " ... That's a big deal in my decision, being able to make plays year in and year out."
As a senior, Treadwell caught 81 passes for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Crete Monee to its first state championship. He plans to return to Illinois on Sunday and spend the next few days settling on a school.
"Hanging out like a normal student, without everybody asking you where you're going every day," Treadwell said. "All the attention you get will finally calm down once they know where you're going and you can just act normal again."
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Highly-touted wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell (center) of Crete (Ill.) Monee High School has listed Oklahoma State as one of the three schools he will sign with to play football next season. JUDY FIDKOWSKI/The Times