Ole Miss is arguably one of the hottest college football recruiting programs in the county right now, but despite the hype, the Rebels are going to be in quite a race for the commitment of 5-star receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Treadwell is the No. 1 ranked receiver recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he'd be a marquee recruiting win for the program that ends up landing his commitment. Ole Miss has been thought of as the favorite, and the Rebels are listed as such on his 247Sports interest list.
They are followed by Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State, and Treadwell's decision date is coming up. He's expected to announce this Thursday, January 17.
Having a clear lead so late into the recruiting process has to be encouraging for Ole Miss, but one of its two competitors has made a strong push on the homestretch.
According to Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com, Treadwell had a good visit to Oklahoma State:
Oklahoma State has held a spot among Treadwell's favorites since the 6-foot-3, 198-pound wide receiver first named a top group. This past weekend, however, was the first recruiting trip he has been able to make to Stillwater.
"In every aspect it met my expectations," Treadwell said. "The facilities are top-notch … some of the best I've seen, by far. The coaches were even better than I thought they would be. I've been on the phone with them and seen them around the school, but just hanging around them was great."
Helmholdtalso reports that the Cowboys made a good impression during an in-home visit with Treadwell:
With his mother not able to make the trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma State coaches made sure to capitalize on the positive vibe coming off the official visit by heading north to see her on Monday.
"Coach asked me if he could come down the next day for a home visit and I said, 'Yes,'" Treadwell said. "My mom had a great vibe with them and liked what they were trying to do."
It looks like Oklahoma State is intent on finishing strong on the recruiting trail with Treadwell, and for all intents and purposes, the Cowboys accomplished just that.
It's worth noting that Treadwell also had some good things to say about the Rebels and they did have an in-home visit with him as well, but the Cowboys' late surge has to be somewhat concerning for Ole Miss.
The other big factor that was talked about in regards to Oklahoma State was the fact that Treadwell has a lot of family in Stillwater (per Helmholdt) and he admitted to being very comfortable with the program. If there's one program in the country that understands the advantage of family ties, it would be Ole Miss (see: Robert Nkemdiche), so to not take Oklahoma State seriously in this recruiting equation would be unwise.
There's also the fact that the Cowboys' spread offense system would offer Treadwell the opportunity to make a lot of plays and put together a very nice highlight reel. He could do the same at Ole Miss, but the Cowboys' have been known to put up a ton of points on offense—45.7 points per game this past season—and that has to be hard to ignore for a big-time receiver prospect.
In the end, Ole Miss is still in great position. Treadwell could become a huge part of the Rebels' building process to contention in the SEC, and that sentiment becomes even stronger if Ole Miss can finally get a commitment from Nkemdiche.
All that said, don't underestimate the impact this late push from Oklahoma State could have on Ole Miss' chances to land Treadwell.