Treadwell mate Lance Lenoir eyeing offers

ESPN 150 prospect Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) isn’t the only receiver from his high school giving opposing defenses fits. On the other side of the field, senior Lance Lenoir Jr. also is making it hard for defenses to stop Crete-Monee through the air.

Through seven games -- and a 7-0 start -- Lenoir has 35 receptions for 602 yards and eight touchdowns. Last Friday, he registered a 100-yard game on nine catches and added two scores.

His biggest strength: “My feet, breaking off the line, running good routes and catching the ball at its highest point,” Lenoir said. “I always catch the ball. I have great hands.”

FBS programs Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Purdue are programs Lenoir said are interested in him, as well as FCS Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois.

“They’re waiting for their other [targets], so not sure,” Lenoir said about where he stands with those teams. “They like my film and want to meet me in person, want to know my personality first.”

Lenoir might visit Illinois in a few weeks when the Illini host Indiana on Oct. 27.

“I want to see how their offense runs and what they do when they’re under pressure and see how the coaching staff works together during the game,” Lenoir said.

With the highly touted Treadwell as well as 2014 linebacker Nyles Morgan are bringing college coaches to Crete-Monee, Lenoir is thankful he has been able to get his name out to coaches through their success.

That doesn’t mean Lenoir still doesn’t think he can get the best of Treadwell sometimes.

“We always work out together. Sometimes I think I’m better than him; he thinks he’s better than me,” Lenoir said. “We work together and we work hard.

“I’m just being patient [about a first offer] and waiting, and I’m thankful to have a teammate to help motivate me and push me.”