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Hotty Toddy: Treadwell picks Ole Miss

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Hotty Toddy: Treadwell picks Ole Miss

Speaking in front of an assembled mass of reporters at Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., heralded preps football prospect Laquon Treadwell announced Thursday that will attend Ole Miss in the fall.
The commitment is not official until Treadwell submits his letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb 6., yet for all intents and purposes the announcement marks the end of a recruiting process that saw 30 different schools offer a scholarship to the top-ranked high school wide receiver in the nation, according to ESPN, Rivals and MaxPreps.
Through the recruiting process, Treadwell showed interest in Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Michigan, making multiple visits to the campus of each school. But in the end, Treadwell opted for Ole Miss, where he will join former Crete-Monee teammate Anthony Standifer.
The recruiting blitz for Treadwell was spurred by a high school career that included back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Chicago-area Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and a victory over Cary-Grove in the 2012 Class 6A Illinois State Championshipthe first IHSA title for the school in any sport.
Treadwells banner senior season highlighted by a championship game performance where he caught six passes, scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) on plays over 55 yards, and intercepted a pass on defense saw him listed in the top ten in multiple recruiting services lists of top high school prospects in the country. Not since Proviso Wests Kyle Prater in 2010 has an Illinois prep football player garnered ratings as high.
While a high school football career with over 3,600 receiving yards is now in the rear view mirror, Treadwell isnt done yet at Crete-Monee. He is a starting forward for the schools boys basketball team, and after missing a game last week to visit Oklahoma State, Treadwell should have at least one less distraction to deal with.

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

 

School: Lincoln Park

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Steve Karoff, Grant Magnuson, Tyler Clark, Brandon Randolph, Alex Green and Tom Dellota

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Chicago Big Shoulders Conference). Lincoln Park made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Lions lost to Alton in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ IWT Speer

Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood

Sept. 7 vs. Hubbard

Sept. 14 @ Phillips

Sept. 21 vs. Lane Tech

Sept. 28 vs. Taft

Oct. 5 vs. Westinghouse

Oct. 12 vs. Raby

Oct. 19 vs. Morgan Park

Biggest storyline: The Lions' new conference. Can Lincoln Park keep its winning ways when they start playing in the CPL/Illini Land of Lincoln this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Dane Romberger and DB Jalen Jenkins

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload on the offensive side of the football this summer with just three starters back this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Vince DeFrancesco's Lions have been on a nice roll, getting to the IHSA state playoffs in each of his past three seasons (four straight for the school overall). However, the price for the Lions' success is extremely high. The CPL Illini Land of Lincoln is loaded. The schedule includes the likes of Kenwood, Hubbard, Phillips, Raby and Morgan Park...just to name a few. If the Lions can develop their less experienced offense this summer, all the better for them.

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?