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.

Prairie Ridge OL Jeff Jenkins commits to Iowa

Prairie Ridge OL Jeff Jenkins commits to Iowa

Prairie Ridge junior offensive linemen recruit Jeff Jenkins (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) made an unofficial Sunday Junior Day visit to the University of Iowa and came away verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.

"I didn't want to wait," Jenkins said. "I knew I wanted to be a Hawkeye when I met the coaches at Iowa and got on campus."

Jenkins, an All-State linemen for the 2016 Class 6A state champion Wolves, received a scholarship offer from Iowa back on Jan. 13. He pointed towards the Hawkeyes history of developing NFL caliber offensive linemen as one of several keys in his early decision.

"Iowa has a great tradition of offensive linemen," Jenkins said. "I was also just really impressed with the coaches at Iowa along with the facilities and everything that they have to offer. I just knew that I couldn't pass up the opportunity at Iowa. I knew it was home."

Deerfield defensive end Josh Maize pledges to Miami of Ohio

Deerfield defensive end Josh Maize pledges to Miami of Ohio

Deerfield three star ranked defensive end Josh Maize (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) gave Miami of Ohio and head coach Chuck Martin his verbal commitment on Sunday morning. Maize was making a weekend official visit to the Oxford, Ohio based campus and left for the airport verbally committed to the Redhawks.

"I'm about to board my flight but I wanted to let you know that I'm committed to Miami (OH)," Maize said. "It's a great fit for me and I knew that I found the right place for myself so I committed.

"Miami of Ohio is just a great fit socially as well as academically. They also have amazing facilities plus the last two guys that plays my position for them (rush end/outside linebacker) one is in the NFL and the other one is about to get a shot to play in the league. The Miami coaches will be able to develop me into that type of player for them."

Maize had 13 scholarship offers and also made official visits to Wyoming and UConn before giving Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment.