Crete Monee High School star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) originally planned to visit Oklahoma this Saturday, but those plans were altered when threats of severe weather arose. Instead, the 4-star wideout will attend the University of Michigan's spring game Saturday afternoon.
Ace Anbender, a recruiting analyst for MGoBlog, broke the news to Michigan fans last night via Twitter.
"Just got confirmation from Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) via text that he will be at Michigan's spring game tomorrow," Anbender tweeted.
It has been no secret that the Wolverines have been one of the favorites to land the services of the nation's No. 31 overall prospect and No. 5-ranked wide receiver. Last September, Treadwell tabbed the Wolverines as his top school after taking in Michigan's 35-31 victory over Notre Dame in the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium.
Two months later, the 6'3", 183-pounder made a return trip to Ann Arbor and watched the Wolverines defeat arch-rival Ohio State 40-34. Treadwell also got a chance to bring his mother with him on an unofficial visit in February.
Treadwell has visited several other Big Ten schools since then, including Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois. The standout pass-catcher is also scheduled to attend Notre Dame's annual Blue-Gold game at the end of April.
Do not expect a commitment from Treadwell anytime soon, but Oklahoma's misfortune could prove to be a huge gain for the Wolverines this weekend. The Illinois native will be on campus with several of Michigan's current commits as well as many others who have the Wolverines very high on their lists.
One of those prospects is highly coveted outside linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. (Woodbridge, Va.), who recently updated his recruitment. In a report from ESPN.com's Dave Hooker Thursday afternoon, Levenberry's father said his son will choose a school in August so he can, "help his chosen team focus on recruiting for the 2013 class."
Levenberry has Michigan and Florida State at the top of his list of schools, and the two appear to be dead even at the moment. The fact that Levenberry has decided when he will end his recruitment shortly after his recent visit to Florida State should not concern Michigan fans, though.
A lot can happen between now and August, and if his recent visit to Tallahassee really swayed him that much, then Levenberry would probably be ending his recruitment much sooner than the middle of the summer.
The nation's No. 15 overall prospect and the No. 3-ranked outside linebacker is likely the only player at his position the Wolverines are willing to add to their 2013 recruiting class.
Last month, the Wolverines told several highly touted linebackers—including Top 50 prospect Dorian O'Daniel (Olney, Md.)—they were full at the position in their current recruiting class. At the time, the only linebacker committed was Trotwood High School star Mike McCray (Trotwood, Ohio).
According to Chris Balas of The Fort, the only two linebackers the Wolverines have continued to recruit over the past month have been Levenberry and 4-star inside linebacker Ben Gedeon (Hudson, Ohio), who committed on Tuesday.
The Wolverines obviously believe they are in good standing with Levenberry, even after his trip to Florida State, and his timeline should not concern Michigan fans hoping the potential 5-star linebacker will join the program.
Other top prospects expected to be in Ann Arbor for the spring game are 5-star defensive back Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md.), 4-star defensive ends Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Chikwe Obasih (Brookfield, Wisc.), and the nation's No. 25 defensive end, Christian Lacouture (College Station, Texas).
Zach Dirlam is the lead editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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