The Michigan Wolverines and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football teams are battling each other to gain Rivals.com 4-star player Laquon Treadwell for their respective 2013 recruiting classes.
Treadwell, a star wide receiver/defensive back for Illinois Crete-Monee, has visited both Michigan and Notre Dame. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Wolverines and Fighting Irish have both made offers to Treadwell.
"I can bring great hands, break tackles and do my responsibilities on the team while providing leadership," Treadwell said in an exclusive Bleacher Report interview. "I'm just going through my recruiting process to see what I like."
Michigan might have an advantage in landing Treadwell, as the Wolverines have already locked up Crete-Monee senior safety Anthony Standifer. Standifer is a Rivals.com 3-star recruit who had nine interceptions in 2010.
The Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Iowa Hawkeyes and others are also giving Treadwell a strong look.
While Treadwell has excelled on both sides of the ball, the 6'3", 200-pound junior will most likely play wide receiver. He has an impressive 62 catches for 1,230 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Against Bloomington on Oct. 30, Treadwell had six catches for 119 yards and three scores to lead the Warriors to a 63-14 first-round victory in the Illinois High School Association 6A playoffs.
Treadwell's first touchdown was a 14-yard lob pass from junior quarterback Marcus Terrell. His next two scores (53 and 28 yards) came as he broke several tackles on the sidelines.
"I was just getting open when I needed to and running my route to perfection," said Treadwell, who was named Chicago Tribune Player of the Game.
As a defensive back, Treadwell is a great blitzer who has good ball awareness. He had 1.5 sacks and would have recovered a fumble for a touchdown if a holding penalty didn't occur.
For whomever lands Treadwell, he will not have a big learning curve, as he already plays in a college-like spread offense.
Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. All quotes unless stated otherwise are first hand or attributed to their source material.
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