Michigan has long led for the talented receiver, but that could be changing as time continues to pass.
It looks like the tides may be turning in regards to Laquon Treadwell and Michigan. For a long time, it was thought that Treadwell's #1 school was Michigan. There were even rumors he would commit during Nike's The Opening over the summer. Lately, however, there are rumors that Treadwell has cooled on Michigan and is now high on schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and most notably, Notre Dame.
These could again be more rumors, but it's looking more and more likely that Treadwell won't end up choosing Michigan. One thing working in Michigan's favor is that Treadwell has visited Michigan more than any other school school recruiting him -- in fact, Treadwell hasn't even visited Oklahoma or Oklahoma State yet.
Notre Dame's 10-0 start (their first since 1993, when most 2013 recruits weren't born yet) surely is what's making Treadwell look twice. The fact that Michigan was on pace for a possible Rose Bowl berth until that unfortunate loss at Nebraska could have left a bitter taste in Treadwell's mouth. Everything is speculation at this point. Another school that's been in recent conversation is Ole Miss. Personally, I doubt this is a viable option, but Treadwell's good friend and ex-teammate, Anthony Standifer, attends Ole Miss. He was actually committed to Michigan at one point last year, but lost his scholarship when he broke Coach Hoke's no-visit policy and ended up signing with Ole Miss.
The longer Treadwell waits to decide, the less likely he will choose Michigan. On the other hand, big-time wide receivers tend to take their time with their decision for some reason. If you'll recall, last year's #1-ranked WR, Dorial Green-Beckham didn't decide to attend Missouri until National Signing Day. The top WR in the 2011 class, George Farmer, didn't choose USC until December 2010. Wide receivers tend to take their time, and this is another reason why it's so hard to be on top of Treadwell's recruitment.
Another thing working in Michigan's favor is the fact that Treadwell will be playing in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game. This is good news because Michigan commits Shane Morris, Gareon Conley, Logan Tuley-Tillman, Mike McCray, Patrick Kugler, and Henry Poggi will also be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game. If he hasn't made his decision by then (which I'll bet he hasn't), surely the Michigan commits will be in his ear.
The good news is that Treadwell still plans on taking an official visit to Michigan. He is waiting to schedule all of this official visits until his football season is over, since their team is now well into the state playoffs. The reason Treadwell missed his last scheduled visit to Michigan, according to Rivals's Mike Farrell, is because his uncle passed away. A lot of people, including myself, still believe Michigan will eventually be Treadwell's choice, assuming he doesn't end up making those visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I didn't think I'd be saying this at this point in the process, but it looks like Michigan's biggest competition for Treadwell's services will be Notre Dame.
Can Brady Hoke and Co. close this one out? We'll see...probably around Signing Day.