Highly coveted 4-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has named a top five on his interest list, but there's one program that needs him more than the rest—the Michigan Wolverines
According to Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com, Treadwell has narrowed down his options to five very notable schools:
"My top is Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Michigan," Treadwell reported. "[That is a] final five for now."
Treadwell has visited each of those schools except for the two Oklahoma-based schools. He plans an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 26 when the Sooners are scheduled to host Notre Dame. An official visit to Oklahoma State is planned, but a date has not been scheduled yet for that trip.
Which school needs Treadwell the most?
All five of these programs could undoubtedly use a player of Treadwell's caliber, so this is not a knock on Michigan. He's 6'3'', 198 pounds, and runs a 4.5 40, according to Rivals.com. He's also their No. 1-ranked wide receiver, so whichever school lands him will be picking up a huge recruiting win.
In the end, though, it's the Wolverines that need Treadwell the most.
In his second year as head coach, Brady Hoke has tried—and some would say has failed—to transition the Wolverines offense into a pro-style system. This simply means that instead of the read-option Michigan fans had grown used to seeing, the quarterback would be asked to stand in the pocket, read coverages instead of linemen and throw the ball much more.
By now, most can agree that Denard Robinson is not the quarterback for the job. He's far too talented as a runner, and far too inaccurate as a passer. Many will also agree on the fact that 5-star 2013 quarterback—and Michigan commit—Shane Morris is the guy for the job. This isn't a problem of X's and O's or coaching, but more so a problem of personnel.
The little secret here is that a pocket passer's effectiveness is predicated just as much on his skill as it is on having a talented wide receiver to develop a rapport with. If Michigan wants to find success in this new system sooner rather than later, bringing on Treadwell is going to be a must.
Hoke does have a good stable of young underclassmen receivers, but only current freshman Amara Darboh was ranked as high as Treadwell by Rivals. Hoke's 2013 class has two wideouts committed, but both Jaron Dukes and Csont'e York are considered just 3-star players by Rivals.
Treadwell has the talent to come in and contribute right away for the Wolverines. He will have to put on some muscle, but he's already big enough to be effective in the Big Ten. He's fast enough to be a deep threat, but he also displays great agility and field vision to take shorter routes and make something happen after the catch.
He'd be a huge complement to Morris and would really help Hoke install the pro-look offense.
Treadewell would be a pair of reliable hands, which is a young quarterback's best friend, and he'll be able to spread the defense vertically, which will also open up the underneath routes for Morris if he can't get open.
Having a truly elite receiver is going to be integral for the Wolverines—they haven't had one since Mario Manningham—and Treadwell has what it takes to be that guy.
I dare say they need to get his commitment the most out of all five schools in the running.