Top receiver Laquon Treadwell commits to Mississippi
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 5:55 PM
The nation’s top-ranked wide receiver isn’t headed to Oklahoma State.
Laquon Treadwell, a five-star recruit and the No. 10 overall player in the Rivals100, announced his decision to sign with Mississippi during an Internet-streamed ceremony Thursday afternoon at his high school, Crete-Monee in Illinois.
“I chose Ole Miss because I want to be a part of something special,” Treadwell said, after putting on an Ole Miss hat. “The program is on the rise with a new coaching staff and coach (Hugh) Freeze is doing a great job of developing young men.”
Treadwell, 6-foot-3 and 198 pounds, had narrowed his finalists to Ole Miss, Oklahoma and OSU. During a phone interview with the Tulsa World on Saturday night, he said he was “leaning to where I want to go. ... I know the two that it’s between.”
Those two seemed to be OSU and Ole Miss, with the latter being favored. Treadwell went on an official visit to Stillwater over the weekend, and head coach Mike Gundy and receivers coach Kasey Dunn traveled to Illinois to see Treadwell on Monday.
On Tuesday, three members of the Rebels’ coaching staff visited Treadwell’s home. After Treadwell’s commitment, Ole Miss shot up to No. 11 in the team recruiting rankings.
OSU is 23rd and has verbal commitments from three four-star wide receivers. The Cowboys also return their top four receivers, as well as starter Tracy Moore, who was injured for most of the 2012 season.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Recruits can beginning signing letters of intent on Feb. 6.