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Texas Showing Interest In Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell (Photo by Bud Elliott)
Laquon Treadwell (Photo by Bud Elliott)

The Texas Longhorns stopped recruiting 2013 Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones last week, for reasons that appear due at least in some part to a desire to pursue other prospects instead of waiting for RSJ to make a decision.

On Wednesday, the Longhorns showed further evidence of moving on by reaching out to Crete (IL) Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a composite top-25 player in the country and one of the top wide receivers as well.

Parsing explanation points and seven-word tweets (see below), it sounds like Treadwell understands that Texas doesn't recruit out of state often, which can often play well with recruits, even if the interest comes a little bit late.

According to multiple reports, the Longhorns reached out to his coaches on Wednesday. From the sound of the tweet, Treadwell spoke with the staff hours later.

The timing of the outreach from Mack Brown and company is all the more interesting given that Treadwell was in Oxford over the weekend, so he witnessed the historically-significant offensive outburst by the Longhorns. Considering how poor the offense has been over the last two years, in large part because of quarterback play ranging from awful to barely adequate, the timing couldn't be better.

Was that a consideration by the staff? There's no information indicating either way, but the bottom line is that there haven't been any quarterback displays like the one that David Ash put on Saturday night in a Texas uniform for a significant period of time.

The next question is that of an offer. It does not appear that Treadwell got an offer in the initial conversation, but is supposed to speak with the staff again on Thursday, which could result in one during that conversation. Most of the time, the coaches want prospects to visit to receive in-person offers, but that practice has been changing some with the new coaching staff and Treadwell is too elite of a talent to make him wait that long if the interest from the Longhorns is legitimate.

Offer him now, try to get in the mix for an official visit.

Speaking of which, besides the unofficial visit to see the Rebels, Treadwell will head to Norman to see the Sooners in late October, leaving him four official visits that are not yet planned.

Florida, Illinois, Ole Miss, and Michigan State are other schools that seem to be in the running for those final visits. At this point, it appears that the Longhorns would only have to out-compete one of those schools to receive a visit, and could receive an unofficial if the trips to Ole Miss and the planned trip to Michigan are a sign that his family has the available funds to travel.

Nearly a Michigan pledge back in the summer, the Wolverines are probably still the leader and will receive an unofficial visit in October, a good sign for the Longhorns, since they won't have to battle two other big-time programs for an official visit.

A standout at The Opening who was termed by this writer as a mini RSJ because the 6-3, 190-pounder physically looks like a smaller version of the Sealy standout just dumped by the Longhorns. The major difference is that Treadwell is an absolutely elite athlete for his size in terms of short-area quickness, lateral quickness, and overall explosiveness, as well as possessing more experience at the receiver position.

Playing on the same team as Seals-Jones at the Nike event, the two were virtually unstoppable when both were on the field.

If Treadwell does, by some miracle, join the Texas recruiting class, he would immediately become the top receiver commit by a significant margin. Given that elite talent, there doesn't seem to be any harm in offering and making a play for him.