Adjustments WR Laquon Treadwell Must Make Before the Start of Ole Miss Career
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze made waves this offseason, securing the nation's No. 7 recruiting class in the 2013 247Sports.com composite index and signing two of the nation's top four prospects in No. 1 overall player Robert Nkemdiche and No. 4 overall player Laremy Tunsil.
The star-studded class was headlined by the two superstars, but 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was no slouch either.
The Crete, Ill., native was ranked as the nation's No. 1 overall wide receiver by 247Sports.com, and will present an interesting dynamic to the Rebel offense immediately upon stepping foot in Oxford.
At 6'3", 195 pounds, Treadwell has the size to jump over opposing defensive backs and the 4.4-speed to be a true home run threat. Watching his highlight tape from 2013 is like watching a man amongst boys, with that man being a freakishly talented wide receiver that towers above and runs away from the competition.
But as is the case with any freshman, there are still some things he needs to work on before becoming a full-fledged star in the SEC.
The one thing that jumps out with Treadwell is that he can get a little sloppy with his route running at times.
Take a look at the 0:51 mark of the video above. At the top of screen, Treadwell rounds off both cuts in the out-and-up. The play goes for a touchdown, but in the SEC, you have to sell that a bit more.
With Donte Moncrief in the mix for the Rebels in 2013, Treadwell probably won't be lined up opposite the best cornerback on the opposing defense. But even average cornerbacks won't be fooled if he doesn't sell it, and that's the biggest issue facing Treadwell.
Here's another example from the 2011 season. At the 0:17 mark, Treadwell (lined up at the bottom of the screen) scores on a slant. Like the play above, the play works; but his route-running isn't as crisp as it needs to be.
How many receiving yards will Laquon Treadwell have in 2013?
Sure, it works in high school, but he's going to have to sell it a bit more against SEC defensive backs, otherwise that route could and probably would be jumped.
That's something that comes with time though. Freeze and wide receivers coach Grant Heard will work with Treadwell once he arrives on campus to sharpen up that aspect of the game.
Other than that, he already has everything he needs to become a star. He's excellent at shielding defenders with his body, knows how to high-point the football and is fast enough to make an impact in a variety of ways.
Ole Miss' offense is designed to get the ball in the hands of playmakers in space, and Treadwell's versatility will pay immediate dividends as the Rebels continue their rebuilding process. It should be fun to watch how he progresses throughout his Rebel career.
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