STILLWATER — Turns out Oklahoma State's late push was not enough to sway the nation's top wide receiver recruit.
Laquon Treadwell, a five-star prospect from Crete-Monee (Ill.) High School, announced his commitment to Mississippi on Thursday evening, all but ending the Cowboys' hopes of picking up the elite pass-catcher.
“I took my time in this process, so I could make the right choice for myself,” Treadwell said before ducking behind a podium and emerging wearing a while Ole Miss hat. “And so as a result, there was one school that developed a great relationship with my mom and myself, and I enjoyed the players and the university.”
Treadwell will make his decision official on National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Ole Miss had been viewed as the favorite to nab Treadwell for months, but his final official visit was to OSU last weekend. He also got an in-home visit from Cowboy coach Mike Gundy and wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn Monday night.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, as well as wide receivers coach Grant Heard and co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff, visited Treadwell Tuesday.
Treadwell also made an official visit to Oklahoma last month.
As a senior, Treadwell amassed more than 1,400 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Crete-Monee to an undefeated season and its first state championship.
At Ole Miss, Treadwell will be a part of the Rebels' rebuilding effort in the SEC, which is widely regarded as the toughest conference in the country. He'll also reunite with former high school teammate Anthony Standifer, a freshman defensive back for the Rebels this past season. The nation's top overall recruit, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, is also an Ole Miss target.
“I chose Ole Miss because I wanted to be a part of something special,” Treadwell said. “The program is on the rise with the new coaching staff. Coach Freeze is doing a great job of developing young men. I believe in his vision, and his leadership can be seen in his assistant coaches, such as Coach McGriff, and my position coach, Coach Heard.
“Coach Freeze stresses love and is a very positive man. I believe in Coach Freeze. He is changing the culture, and I want to be a part of returning Rebel Nation to glory.”
Even without Treadwell, OSU's class of receivers is loaded. Commits Fred Ross, Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples are all four-star prospects. Four-star “athlete” commit Jerel Morrow could also play wide receiver but will probably be needed more at defensive back.
OU currently has four receiver commits in its 2013 class in Austin Bennett, Dannon Cavil, Jordan Smallwood and KJ Young.