Scintillating wide receiver recruit Laquon Treadwell spent his senior season leading Crete-Monee High School to a 6A state championship in Illinois. With his high school career over, he'll now look to do the same in the SEC, as Treadwell has chosen to become a member of the Ole Miss Rebels, according to ESPN's Jared Shanker:
Shanker (@JShankerESPN) January 17, 2013
Treadwell announced his decision Thursday and ultimately chose Ole Miss over both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Considered a 5-star recruit by 247Sports, the Sooners' and Cowboys' loss will undoubtedly be the Rebels' gain.
In leading Crete-Monee to a state championship, Treadwell cemented his place among the Class of 2013's best receivers. He put up a whopping 178 of his team's 333 total yards, culminating a season that saw him ascend up recruiting boards.
For the season, Treadwell put up 83 receptions for 1,450 yards and 23 total touchdowns (per Rivals) and is one of the best playmakers in the nation. The folks at 247Sports rank him as the third-best receiver prospect and No. 28 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.
Gifted with size (he's listed at 6'3" and 190 pounds) and 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed, Treadwell has all the makings of an instant contributor for Ole Miss. He has elite downfield ball skills, catches the ball with ease and has vastly improved as a route-runner.
With Ole Miss attempting to return to its former glory under Hugh Freeze, Treadwell's commitment is yet another good sign in an offseason full of them for the Rebels.
As it's wont to do in high-profile recruiting situations, Twitter erupted at the news that Treadwell would be a Rebel. With that in mind, let's take a look around the Twittersphere for the best reactions about Treadwell's commitment.
Let's start with a quote from Treadwell himself. According to the Clarion Ledger's John Talty, Treadwell wants to be part of building something special at Ole Miss:
Treadwell : "I want to be a part of returning Rebel Nation to glory." ow.ly/gUygH— John Talty (@JTalty) January 17, 2013
Here is another choice quote from Treadwell, courtesy of the Ole Miss Spirit's Ben Garrett. Apparently, Freeze's vision for the future heavily swayed the young receiver:
Treadwell: "I chose Ole Miss because I wanted to be a part of something special. I believe in (Coach Freeze's) vision."— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) January 17, 2013
As Freeze continues to land more elite recruits, the praise for the Rebels coach just continues to rise. ESPN's Edward Aschoff joined in with one of many complimentary tweets regarding Freeze:
That Hugh Freeze guy knows how to recruit. Big get for the Rebels. Surely not the last I assume ...— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 17, 2013
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman had an initial one-word reaction that likely reverberated throughout the SEC before praising Freeze:
Wow. Hugh Freeze landing more blue-chip at Ole Miss. Gets Laquon Treadwell, the nation's #1 WR recruit, to commit today.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 17, 2013
The nation's consensus No. 1 recruit—and possible future Rebel—Robert Nkemdiche sent out his approval of Treadwell's decision:
@successfulquon shout out to my boy for commiting truuuuuuu!— Robert Nkemdiche (@Aceboogie_001) January 17, 2013
Future teammate Donte Moncrief certainly seemed excited about Treadwell's commitment. Perhaps it's because he'll see far less double-teams with another elite receiver in the mix:
Laquon Treadwell is all I got to say! Welcome to the family.— Donte Moncrief (@donte_moncrief) January 17, 2013
Also welcoming Treadwell to Ole Miss was Sean Tuohy Jr., who is the adoptive brother of former Rebels offensive lineman and current Baltimore Raven Michael Oher:
Meanwhile, USA Today's Dan Wolken wonders if Treadwell's commitment is the beginning of a truly special Ole Miss recruiting class:
Wolken (@DanWolken) January 17, 2013
Webb Lewis of 247Sports came through with a concrete update on the site's rankings following Treadwell's commitment:
Rebel Nation's Twitter feed, meanwhile, is more concerned about how Treadwell's name would sound coming out of legendary broadcaster Glen Waddle's mouth:
I'd like to hear Glen Waddle say: Laquon Treadwell to Oolllle Miss!— Rebel Nation (@OMRebelNation) January 17, 2013
In the end, no matter where Ole Miss winds up on the recruit rankings, this is a massive win for the program. Treadwell was sought after by just about every team in the nation and decided to take a chance on Freeze's vision for the program.