By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
The Ole Miss name has been prominent with a number of highly-ranked recruits this season and on Thursday one of those recruits took a stand for the Rebels.
Five-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill., gave a verbal commitment to Ole Miss in a live streamed announcement ceremony.
Commitments are non-binding and National Signing Day on Feb. 6 is the first day recruits can sign binding letters of intent with NCAA schools.
Rivals.com has Treadwell ranked the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 10 overall. ESPN ranks Treadwell as the No. 1 wide receiver and the No. 19 player in its ESPN 150.
Joined by his mother at the news conference, Treadwell’s comments were brief.
The longest part of his announcement ceremony seemed to be the time it took him to duck below the podium then stand up with a white Ole Miss cap with the “Ole Miss” script log and a red Ole Miss sweatshirt.
“One school developed a great relationship with my mom and myself, and I enjoyed the players and the university,” he said.
Ole Miss was long considered a favorite for Treadwell, though many who cover recruiting believe Oklahoma State coaches had made significant ground with their efforts.
It was clear Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had made an impact on Treadwell.
“I chose Ole Miss, because I want to be a part of something special,” Treadwell said.
“Coach Freeze does a great job of developing young men. I believe in his vision and leadership. He 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. Win the day.”
class ranking could rise
Treadwell is the first five-star recruit in a class of 21 commits currently ranked No. 17 by Rivals.
The network’s national recruiting columnist, Dallas Jackson, believes the class could reach the top 10 if other anticipated recruits follow suit.
Treadwell is listed at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds.
The Rebels return most of their wide receivers, including Donte Moncrief, who led the team with 66 catches for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Collins Moore, who was considered a starter in August but was injured early in practice and missed most of the season.