Notre Dame and Brian Kelly are very lucky as 4-Star WR Laquon Treadwell, one of the nation’s hottest prospects, added the Fighting Irish back on his list of top BCS schools.
As reported by Edgy Tim O’Halloran in The Chicago Tribune, Treadwell added the Fighting Irish to his exclusive list, one that includes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State and Mississippi.
“They are family-like teams; it’s not just about football,” Treadwell said in a first-hand interview. “It’s a family atmosphere so if you mess up on something whether or not it’s football related, they will stand by you.”
Notre Dame eyed the sensational Treadwell—who is a four-year varsity player and also plays free safety at a high level—last year as Treadwell visited the campus. Treadwell also visited the Wolverines, who will continue their battle for the superstar.
One thing to keep in mind is that Treadwell will officially visit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Mississippi (former teammate and friend Anthony Standifer switched from Michigan to the Rebels), and will choose his final two visits between the other three programs.
Treadwell would fit very well at Notre Dame, with sophomore quarterback Everett Golson as the new face of the offense. Golson is going to need more targets as seniors like Tyler Eifert and John Goodman are leaving the Fighting Irish.
Treadwell (68 catches, 1,214 yards, 14 TDs) will likely make The Chicago Tribune’s All-State Football Team for the second consecutive year and has been selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 5 at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field.
“I could see myself getting comfortable with a team after I take my official visits,” Treadwell said. “I will probably make a decision after the All-American Game.”
The top wide receiver in the Class of 2013, the 6’4”, 200-pound Treadwell possesses speed, size, and strength—all attributes he is showcasing as he is guiding his Crete-Monee Warriors to the 6A Illinois High School Association state semifinals for the first time in school history.
In his first playoff game against Springfield Oct. 27, Treadwell hauled in seven catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was on a bubble screen he took 34-yards to the house.
A bigger game for Treadwell came against Peoria Richwoods Nov. 3, as the Warriors lost 51-36 to them during last year’s playoffs. Treadwell, who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, scored two rushing touchdowns this time around.
Treadwell has 19 rushes for 161 yards, five scores and two two-point conversions on the season.
“It helps me a lot,” Treadwell said. “It gives me more touches. Coach (Jerry Verde) want to get the ball in my hands because last year in the playoffs, we couldn’t execute the way we wanted too offensively. He is moving me around a lot to give defenses problems.”
Besides the rushes, the savvy Treadwell picked off Peoria Richwoods quarterback for a 50-yard pick-six, helping to offset seven Crete-Monee turnovers to preserve a narrow 35-32 victory.
“You just got to be patient back there,” said Treadwell, who has four interceptions and two forced fumbles. “Play-action is going to hit you a couple times, so you just have to be patient. I was making good reads because it’s like an instinct to me as I played defense in my youth football."
Treadwell then helped his Warriors defeat an unbeaten Ottawa squad 42-6, giving the Warriors their first trip to the state semifinals in school history.
Treadwell had a nifty 25-yard catch up the middle, withstanding a big shot from an Ottawa linebacker as he caught the ball. Later that drive, Crete-Monee quarterback Marcus Terrell threw an eight yard score on a post route to Treadwell, as he beat a double team in the end zone.
On a later drive on a key 3rd and 8, Treadwell caught a delayed screen and juked a couple of Ottawa defenders to get eight extra yards for the first down. That play extended the drive to an eventual touchdown, with Treadwell scoring on a 15-yard jet sweep.
Not only did Treadwell make plays, but also his presence opens the field for his teammates. When Treadwell was double-teamed on the right side, senior wide receiver and Division I prospect Lance Lenoir exploited a soft zone and caught a 35-yard touchdown as he burned the cornerback.
Bob Bajek is a freelance reporter who is interning at Pro Football Weekly. All interviews are first-hand. He can be followed on Twitter.