Crete-Monee put together an undefeated regular season, earning it a number 1 seed in its class in the Illinois high school football playoffs this year. One of the key players on that squad was wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Treadwell, a 6'-3", 190 pound receiver with 4.4 speed, had an extremely productive year with 18 touchdowns and over 1000 yards receiving.
"I think I played well this year. Our team played to its potential, and everyone came out and did what they were supposed to do. Obviously I wish we could have accomplished our goal, but the team had a big goal and that was state."
Next year has a chance to be equally special, with a number of other important contributors returning for another year.
"Our quarterback was a junior this year. I think it's a great experience. I think we'll come back even better, and most of the starters on both sides will be back, so we should be good."
Treadwell is an athlete. He plays basketball as well for Crete-Monee and isn't afraid to play physically on both the hardwood and the gridiron.
"I like to be aggressive. I could knock you down, or I could run past you or set you up on a quick move on a screen. If the quarterback puts the ball anywhere close to me, I can go get it."
With his combination of speed and size, Treadwell is a threat all over the field as both a possession and deep threat receiver.
"I can do both; it doesn't matter. I can go deep or run short routes."
He has great top-end speed but still wants to be faster at the snap. He knows he'll face an even more physical game in college.
"I want to get faster off the start and build quickness. I need to get stronger since in college you have to be big and strong."
Even at an early point in his career, Treadwell's teammates are looking to him for motivation and leadership. For only being a junior, Treadwell has risen to the challenge well and thrives on being a leader.
"I took on a leadership role last year. I'm a natural-born leader, and I want to do what I can to lead my team. I think I'll be a leader this year too."
Treadwell's accomplishments so far have caught the attention of some big-time schools. He already holds offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana and most recently Nebraska. Treadwell could be close to a number of others in the near future.
One school that will likely be entering the race for Treadwell soon is Illinois. With Tim Beckman's emphasis on Chicago-area recruiting, Treadwell will likely be a target for Beckman's staff.
"Once I get to know them better and they know about me, I can build a relationship with them. One of the last coaches visited me at school last year a couple times."
One of Treadwell's teammates, defensive back Anthony Standifer, recently decommitted from Michigan and could be giving Illinois a strong look in the near future.
"I talked with Anthony about Coach Beckman. It's possible we end up at the same place with his recruitment opening back up."
Treadwell intended to visit Illinois this fall but hasn't been able to make it yet. Treadwell has still done his research on Illinois.
"I had a visit scheduled, but I couldn't get a ride down. They have a big fan base and a great alumni, and a rising program. It's the home state school, and that plays a role.
"I think they're a great school. I'd like to visit and learn more about it. I've been talking with Anthony about it since his decision with Michigan and all that. We're talking about going down and meeting the new coaching staff."
So what kind of impact does Standifer's recruitment have on Treadwell?
"It plays a role, but it doesn't change my decision about how I feel about schools. I see it as a learning experience and knowing what to do when I make my choice."
As for when he'll come see Illinois:
"I'd like to take a visit, but I haven't set any plans yet. I've seen Michigan and Notre Dame a couple times."