Michigan Football: Missing Laquon Treadwell Not Cause for Worry About WR
Laquon Treadwell would have been like a shiny new toy for quarterback Devin Gardner to play with.
It would have taken time, but after a few short weeks together in camp, it's all but certain that Gardner would have forged a bond with his new favorite target.
Imagine Gardner scrambling out of the pocket, throwing across his body on the run to a wide-open Treadwell.
But Treadwell won't be playing college football in Ann Arbor.
No, one of the Wolverines' top 2013 targets chose to use his exceptional wideout skills at Ole Miss.
Big Ten cornerbacks can now breathe a little easier.
Huge miss on Laquon Treadwell?
Maybe getting Treadwell wasn't in the cards for coach Brady Hoke and Co. Acquiring the skill set of the 6'3", 198-pound, 5-star prep phenom from Crete Monee High (Ill.) would have added more tools and options at the position, but Michigan's situation at wide receiver isn't in desperate need of attention.
Michigan has enough on the stable to work with this fall. And by not getting Treadwell, perhaps the No. 1 focus on recruiting a wide receiver will now shift to Drake Harris, a class of 2014 Grand Rapids Christian High standout.
The focus should be on Harris. At 6'3" and 180 pounds, he's slightly smaller than Treadwell. But Harris is also a year younger. He's ranked as one of the top 2014 receivers.
He's in-state, wants to play football and can't decide whether or not to decommit from Michigan State. Basically, he's available.
But there isn't a need for the at-least-there-is-next-year approach, because this year looks promising when it comes to analyzing the Wolverines' receivers.
What Could 2013 Michigan WR Corps Look Like?
With Roy Roundtree moving on, Michigan loses just one valuable senior receiver (depth chart). Drew Dileo and Jeremy Gallon will be seniors, leaving open other slots that could potentially be filled by underclassmen—yes, even freshmen.
Realistically, Gallon has more of a chance of competing with the younger and bigger receivers set to join the program. Jaron Dukes, a 3-star prospect, is 6'4" and 197 pounds. Csont'e York, another 3-star, is 6"3" and 185 pounds.
Da'Mario Jones—yes, another 3-star—is the smallest incoming pass catcher. But at 6'2" and 185 pounds, he's still six inches taller than Gallon, who also weighs 185.
Who makes biggest impact as frosh?
In essence, the new wave of faster, stronger, taller, more athletic receivers is making its way into Ann Arbor. Those are the types of players Hoke wants, and they're necessary in order to build an SEC-like program that's capable of trading blows with national powers like Alabama.
If Michigan lured in Treadwell, it would have probably started a true freshman this fall. While not as likely, it's still possible that Michigan will lean on a first-year wideout.
Dukes, Jones and York are the prototypes for coordinator Al Borges' offense. One is bound to sit on the shelf, but there is at least a 30 percent chance Michigan finds a future hero within that trio.
With Gallon secured in the slot, Michigan can spread out Dukes, York and/or Jones, thus creating the deep threat that was absent this past season. The offense will open up with the fresh recruits, shifting existing players into new roles or forcing them to up their levels to keep up with the times.
Missing Treadwell doesn't spell doom for the Wolverines.
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