Laquon Treadwell is being recruited by some of the top schools in the country. He earned the MVP award for receivers at the Nike NFTC held in Memorial Stadium Sunday. Illinois needs receivers, and they are applying a full court press to his recruitment.
Treadwell came to campus Saturday for an unofficial visit that made a major impression on him, enough that he was sending positive messages last night on Twitter. Illini quarterback commitment Aaron Bailey visited also, and the two are developing a good relationship.
"We went on a tour, and then we came in and did a photo shoot. Aaron Bailey pretended he was throwing me the ball. That was pretty cool. We made a little video.
"We had a great time yesterday. We hung out a bunch. That was my first time meeting him."
That relationship is significant because Bailey needs tall, fast receivers like Treadwell to compliment his strong running game. Illini coaches have made it clear there are special opportunities on the team for both. That appeals to the Crete-Monee star.
"Yes, that would be a big deal to me. Me and Aaron are both from Illinois. We can be the face of the school. Most of the players at our positions are going to be seniors when our class comes in. They didn't bring in any receivers or quarterbacks last year."
Still, many top programs are just as eager to recruit him. He listed his top group of schools.
"Michigan State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Illinois, Notre Dame."
Treadwell mentioned two main factors that will influence his college choice.
"The position coach and the type of offense. I'd like a spread offense or a passing offense with a great quarterback coming in with my class."
That sounds a lot like Illinois.
Treadwell is enjoying his immense popularity. Whether he decides ultimately to attend his home school, recruiting can become a grind. He's looking forward to making some decisions.
"Everything's been exciting. I'm trying to get used to it. I'm getting ready to be nearer my decision."
The Illini have a way to go to secure Treadwell's commitment, but it appears they are making up ground.