By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
The drawn-out recruitment of Laquon Treadwell, the nation’s top-ranked high school wideout, is finally nearing its climax.
Plenty of schools have courted the 6-foot-3 200-pounder from Illinois, and with good reason, but Treadwell has finally cut his list to five.
And both state schools have made the list, according to WolverineNation writer Tom VanHaaren.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, two pass happy offenses that appeal to wideouts, join Florida, Michigan and Ole Miss as those still in the running for Treadwell’s services.
Treadwell has already visited Ole Miss, surprisingly naming the Rebels as his current leaders.
But four more official visits remain, with OU the only one currently scheduled. Treadwell told VanHaaren he will be in Norman the weekend of Dec. 14, giving the Sooners an ideal chance to make a push for him.
Meanwhile, OSU must wait for its official visit, but should feel fortunate to still be in his plans.
Treadwell told VanHaaren the Cowboys are still in the running because coach Mike Gundy decided to stay in Stillwater. If not, Treadwell likely would have crossed them off the list.
And that speaks to a bigger issue from this Gundy saga. Doubt has likely crept into the mind of current and potential OSU recruits, who like to play for the coaches who they commit (and who could blame them?). If the guy who’s selling his program to you keeps threatening to leave it, you might start questioning his message.
But that’s another issue for another time.
For now, check out Treadwell’s Rivals page (the offer list is ridiculous) and enjoy some highlights below.