By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Two years ago, Tami Treadwell, and her son, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, were wrapped up in the middle of a big decision. As many Rebel fans know, Laquon Treadwell was the top-rated wide receiver in the nation for the 2013 signing class. He was a high school All-American, and coveted by every program in the nation.
In the end, just a little more than two weeks before signing with Ole Miss, Laquon Treadwell decided that Ole Miss was the best choice for him. Tami Treadwell said Wednesday night, with the 2015 prospects set to sign their names to a national letter of intent, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was still the same person she first met back in 2013.
“Going in, you’re told so many different things that you really don’t know what to expect when that day comes for them to leave and go off to school,” Tami Treadwell said from her home in Illinois. “I think what has made me even more relaxed is that Quon has never called with home sickness or nothing that was told to him wasn’t what was going on. That’s the thing that has put me at ease. Everything has gone well on his end with him keeping up with his school work. Everything has just been perfect. I haven’t had too many worries while he’s been off, and really no complaints.”
In his first season with Ole Miss, Treadwell caught 72 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns. He was having another great year for the Rebels before he suffered his tragic leg injury at home against Auburn. Up to that point, Treadwell had 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns.
Tami Treadwell has still never seen her son’s injury. She had attended the game at LSU the week before and was watching the matchup with Auburn on her phone because she had plans to come back to another home game. The ESPN broadcast went dead just a few minutes before the injury. The last thing she saw, or remembers, was Bo Wallace scoring a touchdown. Her phone never got the game back on, but her phone started to ring. Then she started getting text messages, saying how sorry they were and hoping that her son would get better soon.
“It was just the worst way to hear some news because I didn’t know exactly what happened,” she said. “I’ve still never seen the actual injury. I’ve just heard about it. But the aftermath of it, I’ve never seen nothing like it before.”
Not too long after the game, Tami Treadwell was headed to Oxford, a place she has grown to love, to be with her son and help him start the recovery process.
When Tami Treadwell came through the Manning Center during her visit, she remembers Hugh Freeze’s administrative assistant, Megan McCurdy, handing her two or three mail boxes full of letters wishing her son good luck or some sort of message of encouragement.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tami Treadwell said. “It’s truly a blessing to have that support being so far away from home. Everybody was genuinely concerned. I knew then he was truly loved and I just want him to appreciate what is going on and to be grateful for the outpouring of love that he got. I know I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Tami Treadwell said she told her son to go through all the mail and to make sure that everybody got a response back.
“Sometimes you get a card here and card there, but the cards came from everywhere, California, to Wyoming, there were cards from everywhere,” Tami Treadwell said. “I thought it was beautiful. Quon has just matured so much since being down there a short period of time. He has really grown up and it seems like everybody loves him. Coming from where we came from, it’s just a beautiful thing to see him transform in a short amount of time. The way he carries himself, the way people look up to him, it’s beautiful.”
For more with Tami Treadwell, see Sunday’s print edition of the Citizen.