It has been tough for wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) to determine his list of favorites.
Wherever Treadwell has gone, he has enjoyed himself. Oklahoma fans are hoping the same can be said about Treadwell and the Sooners after this weekend.
At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and on the ESPNU Watch List, he has seen Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois. He initially said those were his favorites until he added a qualifier to that statement.
“Well, those are the schools I’ve seen so far,” Treadwell said. “All four were great places, but there are still more places to see.”
Treadwell, however, never thought Norman, Okla., would be one of those destinations. His offer is a product of OU’s growing non-regional recruiting approach. And though not every non-regional offer has led to serious interest, early indications are that the Sooners were right to take a chance on Treadwell.
He will drive from Illinois on Friday to see OU’s Red-White spring game Saturday.
“It’s a great school with a great tradition,” Treadwell said of Oklahoma's prestige. “You see what Ryan Broyles did, and OU has had a lot of great receivers lately.
“It was actually very surprising to get the offer because I wasn’t hearing from them at all. It came out of nowhere, but we’ve been talking a lot now.”
Treadwell has never seen the OU campus, but he will have an unofficial tour guide in 2012 signee running back David Smith (Midlothian, Ill./Bremen).
Smith is a product of Oklahoma's non-regional approach himself. Smith wasn’t even on the Sooners’ radar in early December, but he committed to OU by mid-January and has been one of the most vocal supporters of the program ever since.
“David is always wearing his OU stuff. He is really excited about everything,” Treadwell said. “Because he is so happy, I kind of want to see what it’s all about.”
Treadwell said he is most interested in talking to current players and getting to know the personalities of the coaches. He said he has liked his early talks with OU receivers coach Jay Norvell, but he hopes to get a better feel about him this weekend and where he might fit in.
“I really want to watch the guys play and see what I could see myself doing,” Treadwell said. “I’m very aggressive when I catch the ball. A lot of my catches are slants and then I just take them a long way.”
Besides the four schools he has visited, Treadwell has offers from USC, Nebraska and Alabama, among several others.