Decision time for Treadwell


We know how Laquon Treadwell measures up against his peers.

The Crete-Monee senior is ranked the nation’s No. 1 high school receiver in the Class of 2013 by multiple sources, including CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tim Lemming and

That’s why Treadwell’s announcement of his college choice, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at Crete-Monee High School, is creating so much buzz. It’ll be carried live on and has the Twitter universe working overtime, with fans predicting his choice or making last-minute pleas to commit to their school.

Among the interested observers will be Lemming, who believes Treadwell could have a historic career.

“When all is said and done, he could be the No. 1 wide receiver to come out of Chicago in the modern era,” said Lemming, who is in his 34th year of evaluating prep talent.

“I’ve watched him develop,” Lemming said. “He’s a big, strong, athletic guy. He owes a lot to the head coach at Crete-Monee [Jerry Verde, who resigned after the season to take the Marian Catholic job], who developed the offense around him. Opportunity and ability have come together.”

Treadwell caught 81 passes for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading the Warriors to a 14-0 record and their first state championship. He also rushed for 257 yards (almost eight yards per carry) and six scores, and was a lockdown defensive back.

The Sun-Times Player of the Year has more than 20 scholarship offers, but is believed to be down to four schools: in alphabetical order, Michigan, Mississippi, Okahoma and Oklahoma State. One of Treadwell’s former Crete-Monee teammates, Anthony Standifer, played in three games for Ole Miss as a true freshman defensive back this season.

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