The recruitment of 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) has taken several twists and turns with very little clarity. But in a recent interview, the nation's No. 1 wide receiver listed the Michigan Wolverines among his final four schools and has eliminated a couple of schools that recently came on strong.
The Wolverines found out they will be contending with the Ole Miss Rebels, who are believed to be Treadwell's leader at this point, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners for the No. 10 overall prospect in the class of 2013.
The Florida Gators, LSU Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish found out earlier this week that Treadwell would no longer be considering their respective programs as he draws closer to making his final decision.
"Florida has been through a couple of times as have LSU and Notre Dame, but I told them I wasn't interested," Treadwell told Josh Helmholdt of TheWolverine.com. "I told them I appreciate them recruiting me, but I just let them know straight up that I wasn't interested anymore."
Up until early August, all signs pointed toward Treadwell becoming a member of Michigan's No. 3-ranked recruiting class come national signing day. Now, the Crete Monee High School star is very interested in Ole Miss, and he's excited about his official visit to Oklahoma, which is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 14th.
With the Michigan State Spartans and the aforementioned trio of schools out of the mix for Treadwell, the Wolverines and Cowboys are likely going to be the only other programs with an opportunity to host the 6'3", 198-pounder this winter.
"I am taking these official visits one by one and seeing what schools I am really high on," Treadwell said. "There will probably three or four (official visits) at the most, and I'll just see how everything goes with each official. When I have seen the schools that I want to see and I know which school I am high on, I'll make a decision."
Although Michigan is no longer the front-runner to land the No. 2 prospect from the state of Illinois, Treadwell insists the Wolverines are still very much in the mix.
"Everything is going fine with Michigan," Treadwell elaborated. "I still contact Coach Heck (Jeff Hecklinski) and I saw Coach (Brady) Hoke speak at the (banquet) yesterday. We said a few words and he said hello to my mom and everything, so everything is still the same."
Treadwell plans to announce his decision in his hometown, but an official date has not been selected.
I still maintain that the Wolverines will be the ones to land Treadwell when everything is said and done, which will give incoming 5-star quarterback prospect Shane Morris (Warren, Mich.) a dynamic target to throw to during his time in Ann Arbor.
In other recruiting news, Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich.) recently informed Sullivan that his top four schools are still the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan State, LSU and Michigan.
However, Webb is starting to attract attention from schools all across the country, including the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.
Michigan fans should feel good about the Wolverines' chances of landing Webb, who is arguably the top junior prospect in the state, though the Cass Tech High School standout is set on taking numerous visits and will not be ending his recruitment anytime soon.
The only visit Webb currently intends on taking is to Columbus in January, where he will see the Buckeyes basketball team in action.
Finally, according to The Fort, 4-star cornerback Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill.) has the Wolverines tabbed as his leader at the moment and that Michigan will be "the school against which all others will be compared."
Westphal is expected to be one of the top defensive backs in the class of 2014 and would help Michigan patch the hole left behind by 3-star cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio) in the 2013 recruiting class.
Conley recently de-committed from Michigan and decided to join Ohio State's top 10 recruiting haul on Friday.
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