Laquon Treadwell Will Make Instant Impact at Ole Miss

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 18, 2013

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Ole Miss has officially locked up one of their main recruiting targets, Laquon Treadwell.

According to, Treadwell is a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 receiving recruit in the entire nation. 

Treadwell narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and decided on the Rebels in a press conference at his high school on Thursday. 

In his three seasons on varsity at Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., Treadwell hauled in over 200 passes for 3,600 yards and a whopping 45 touchdowns. 

Laquon's 6'3'' frame and exceptional speed will make him a huge threat down the field for the Rebels for the next four years. He has very large hands, a huge wingspan and is very talented at adjusting to make catches around defenders, which is especially important in a conference with great defenses like the SEC. 

The talented receiver will arrive on an Ole Miss team that was 49th in the nation in passing, averaging just under 250 yards through the air per game. Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace took a majority of the snaps for the Rebels and threw for just under 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. 

Wallace has to be a happy camper seeing that he'll get not only one of the best receivers to throw to, but one of the best football players in the entire country. Treadwell will have an instant opportunity to make an impact for the Rebels as he'll share the receiving duties with sophomores Donte Moncrief and Vince Sanders. Moncrief and Sanders were the main targets for Wallace last season and put up a combined effort for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

While together, Moncrief and Sanders were a formidable duo, neither had over 70 targets, leaving some room for players like Treadwell to come in and have an impact. 

Treadwell has the size and skill set of a big play receiver, which is something the Rebels need. Ole Miss ended the season at 7-6 overall with a 3-5 record in the SEC and a win over Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl. To be a major player in the SEC, Ole Miss will need players like Treadwell and other talented recruits to step up right away and start competing. 

Treadwell could very well be the future of receiving in the NCAA and eventually the NFL. He's got the size and skills to be a huge factor for Ole Miss for the next four years. Some players have to hold a clipboard for a few years to learn the ropes. Treadwell is different. Treadwell has all the tools he needs to step onto campus and get going right away.