Crete-Monee Star Visits Fighting Illini

The Fighting Illini football team continues to make a big push with in-state junior recruits, hosting four more Sunday. Among them was Laquon Treadwell from Crete-Monee. The talented receiver got good news on his visit, receiving a scholarship offer from his home state school.

Laquon Treadwell is one of the top-rated football prospects in the state of Illinois for 2013. He visited the Illini Sunday and received some good news.

"Illinois has offered me today. I think it's great. I really appreciate it, and I'm going to take it under consideration for my whole family."

This wasn't his first offer; Treadwell is likely to hear from schools all across the country before he chooses one for his college destination.

"I've got offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Minnesota and some others."

The 6'-3", 190 pounder has attributes that make him a special receiver prospect.

"I'm good at getting open and being physical at the line. When I get the ball, it's going to be very hard to stop me. I can go over the top of some of the best corners that play in Illinois and around the country."

Of course, there are always things to improve.

"I'd like to keep working on my hand-eye coordination, and focusing in on the ball."

Besides getting a quick tour of the facilities, Treadwell attended the Illinois basketball game with Northwestern. He enjoyed the fan support.

"I think it's great. I think it's a great place to be, nice fans and everything."

Treadwell is also a standout basketball player. Does he plan to play both sports in college?

"I think I'm going to do football, but if basketball is possible and my body is ready for it, I think I'll do both."

What is he looking for in a college?

"Academics, great coaches, the other recruits coming in and a great quarterback."

His Illini recruiting coach is Luke Butkus. While Treadwell isn't familiar with the history of the Butkus family at Illinois, he likes the new offensive line coach.

"He's pretty cool, he's a good guy. He comes from Steger. I'm from around that area and know about that area. I think that's pretty good."

The Illini will be changing from a pro-style attack to a spread offense this year. Treadwell appears willing to play for any offense that can get him the ball.

"I really like a spread offense or pro-style, any offense where they throw the ball a lot."

The Crete-Monee star is pointing toward what he hopes will be an outstanding senior season.

"We should have a pretty good team next year. A lot of our players return next year. A lot of guys were juniors, so we should come back even stronger and make a strong push to the playoffs."

With all the college interest, there is no hurry deciding on his long-term future.

"I'd like to wait it out because a lot of new schools are coming in. I'd like to see what they have to offer before I make my decision."

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