Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac may have slipped in the postseason evaluations after being slowed by a series of injuries. But Crete-Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell emerged with a five-star rating and the No. 10 spot in Rivals' top 100 in the class of 2013.
"We finally have a wide receiver as a five-star, something we have every year but hadn't found yet this season," said Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.
Treadwell, a 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, boosted his stock by leading Crete-Monee to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. After making his third visit to the Ole Miss campus last week, he said Ole Miss was the "clear leader" in his recruiting. But he still plans to make other visits before announcing his decision.
One plus in Ole Miss' favor is the presence on its roster of freshman defensive back Anthony Standifer, a star on Crete-Monee's 2011 football team and a close friend of Treadwell's who originally committed to Michigan before opting for Ole Miss.
"Coming out of the summer, Treadwell had clearly established himself as the nation's top receiver in the class of 2013," said Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt.
"This fall, though, he took his game to the next level and turned in one of the most impressive high school seasons we have seen in the Midwest in some time. He is so big, so fast, so powerful and so fundamentally sound, he could help out a college team right now."
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Isaac, who ranked as high as No. 8 in some preseason surveys, fell to No. 20 in Rivals' postseason evaluations. Named the Chicago area's Player of the Year for the 2011 season, he remains committed to USC.
The other two Chicago area players who earned Top 100 recognition are LSU-bound offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (44) of Lemont and Michigan-bound offensive tackle Kyle Bosch (99) of Wheaton St. Francis.
Rivals' top five picks are defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Logansville, Ga., defensive end Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, Ga., linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., quarterback Max Browne of Sammamish, Wash., and defensive back Su'a Cravens of Murietta, Calif.
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Ironically, like Treadwell, Nkemdiche also is seriously considering Ole Miss. He originally committed to Clemson but reopened his recruiting. He also is considering Alabama, LSU and Georgia. But his mother has made it clear that she favors Ole Miss. And Robert's brother Denzel is a starting outside linebacker for the Rebels.
Lawson is committed to Auburn, Smith to Notre Dame and Browne and Cravens to USC. In fact, USC has five commitments from five of the top 20 players and the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Notre Dame, which has the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals.com, has commitments from five other top 100 players -- running back Greg Bryant (16) of Delray Beach, Fla., linebacker Alex Anzalone (50) of Wyomissing, Pa., offensive lineman Steve Elmer (56) of Midland, Mich., offensive lineman John Montelus (65) of Everett, Mass., and defensive back Cole Luke (95) of Chandler, Ariz.