By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Over the past few months (and beyond), both of the state’s football powers have made a strong push for Laquon Treadwell, the nation’s top high school wideout.
And finally, after a drawn-out recruitment, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will soon get their answers.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is set to make his college choice on Jan. 17, as 247sports.com reports, a decision that will come at 6 p.m. inside his Illinois high school.
At this point, Ole Miss is believed to be the prohibitive favorite. Extremely active on social media, Treadwell has been open about his love for the rebuilding SEC school, not shying away from labeling it his current No. 1 choice.
“(I love) basically everything (about Ole Miss),” Treadwell told the Clarion Ledger. ”Coaches, recruits, players that are there – I’ve got a teammate there…the coaches.”
But a trip to Norman left Treadwell impressed and Sooner fans optimistic.
And Kenny Stills recent departure only boosts OU’s chances.
“They basically explained to me they have some good receivers on the depth chart with the guys coming from last year, but with Kenny probably leaving early and Justin Brown being a senior this year, I could come in and compete for a spot as a true freshman,” Treadwell told Rivals.com after the visit. “That really caught my interest.”
OSU, meanwhile, remains the wild card.
As of last month, with lead recruiter and Illinois native Todd Monken leaving the staff, it looked as if the Cowboys were out of the running.
But Treadwell has maintained contact with Gundy and his coaching staff, even scheduling an official visit for this weekend in Stillwater, giving OSU a chance to make the final impression.
“(Monken’s departure) concerned me a lot, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it,” Treadwell told Rivals.com in early December. “It was a concern going forward knowing that a coach recruiting me was going to leave, but everything should be fine now.”
Ole Miss? OU? OSU?
We’ll know next Thursday. Finally.