Laquon Treadwell, the nation's top-ranked wide receiver prospect, finally visited Oklahoma, and left impressed.
The five-star receiver from Crete, Ill., likes the state so much, in fact, that OU and Oklahoma State make up two-thirds of his freshly trimmed college list.
After Treadwell (6-foot-3, 198 pounds) visited Ole Miss in early December, he declared it the team to beat.
But judging from Treadwell's recent tweets and public statements, Oklahoma might have closed the gap when it hosted him for the first time last weekend. He'd planned to visit for the Oct. 27 game against Notre Dame, but canceled because his high school team had a game.
Last weekend, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell told Treadwell that — even with the Sooners' impressive wide receiver depth — he might be able to immediately contribute. Senior Justin Brown will be gone, and junior Kenny Stills — OU's leading receiver — could choose to enter the NFL Draft.
“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. “That really caught my interest.”
The Sooners currently have two 2013 receivers committed; three-star prospect Austin Bennett, from Manvel, Texas, committed in June, and Jenks standout Jordan Smallwood, fresh off a two-touchdown performance in the Trojans' 6A state-title game win, is also Norman-bound.
“I've seen some highlights of him; he's really good,” Smallwood said. “It'd be great to bring another receiver in, another big guy.
“I can see how he does his stuff, and he can see how I do my stuff. ... We could gel and play on the same field together and really do some damage.”
Treadwell is no longer considering Michigan, which leaves his list of potential schools at three — Ole Miss, OU and OSU.
Sunday, Treadwell tweeted, “Rocking #1 next year, with who? Soon to find out.”
He has yet to visit Oklahoma State, but told Rivals.com he's planning a Jan. 11 trip to Stillwater.
The Cowboys have three receiver commits, all four-star prospects from Texas: Marcell Ateman (Wylie), Fred Ross (John Tyler) and Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas Skyline).
Treadwell's primary OSU recruiter, former offensive coordinator Todd Monken, was named Southern Miss' head coach last week; before his Norman visit, Treadwell expressed concern over the uncertainty surrounding OSU coach Mike Gundy, who was linked to job openings at Arkansas and Tennessee.
“It 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.”