Michigan Wolverines: Laquon Treadwell

WolverineNation Roundtable 

August, 1, 2013
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Michigan StadiumAdam Jacobs/Icon SMIThe university can't do a lot to Michigan Stadium without some backlash.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday our writers take a look at three topics in and around Michigan sports. Today, they consider three changes that could (or really, couldn’t) happen with the Wolverines.

1. If you could make a change or modification to Michigan Stadium, what would it be and why?

ADDISON, Ill. -- Between the commitment of Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) and the linebacker depth they have in the two classes before him, the Wolverines really need to take only one more linebacker in the 2014 class. They have a few options on the board and, depending on visits and commitments, they could close this linebacker class in the next month or so. Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) seems to be highest on the target board, but here are two other targets with significant Michigan interest:


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State of the Rivalry: Wide receivers 

February, 20, 2013
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The writers at WolverineNation and BuckeyeNation put their heads together to break down the rivals’ 2013 classes. Position-by-position, they’ll give you a look at who Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer brought in and, ultimately, which class edged out the other. It’s too early to say what will happen over the next few seasons, and we won’t make any promises except that Hoke and Meyer are going to put talent on the field.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Dontre Wilson's playmaking abilities will make him a dangerous weapon in the OSU offense.
Ohio State got: If there was ever a position where Urban Meyer proved he was one of the best closers in the game, it is the wide receiver position. The Buckeyes headed into the last week of recruiting with just Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) and Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) in the fold. Meyer picked up junior college standout and former Akron (Ohio) Buchtel star Corey Smith (East Mississippi Community College) first before really closing the door. Dontre Wilson (Desoto, Texas/Desoto) was next to commit with James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) wrapping things up as a signing day special. It left no room for Jacobs, who stayed home to play with his brother at Maryland. What it also did was give the Buckeyes three four-star commitments in the final week and rounded out a position of strength that has four four-star signees to help Meyer and his spread offense continue to grow.


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

February, 13, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- I recently discovered that Valentine’s Day is actually the anniversary of the day that St. Valentine was beheaded, which gives a bit of a morbid taste to the holiday of love, chocolate and Hallmark cards (depending on where you stand on the issue).

So for this week’s mailbag I’ll focus mostly on the love portion and the things you all love -- Michigan football, basketball and recruiting, though, let’s not kid around, Saturday afternoon might’ve felt like a beheading for basketball fans.

Next week Mike will take care of the mailbag so send him your questions (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com, @MikeRothstein). But now, onto this week’s questions…


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- There’s no way to look at Michigan’s 2013 class and not believe Brady Hoke when he says he’s putting an emphasis up front.

Not only is it impressive that the Wolverines were able to pull in six offensive line signees, each is big and physical (averaging 6-foot-5, 295 pounds).

“It was very important for us to establish guys who can play at the line of scrimmage the way we want to play Michigan football,” Hoke said. “For the style of football we need to play, I think that was important.”

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

January, 17, 2013
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Every Thursday, the WolverineNation writers sit down and discuss three of the most important topics in Michigan sports for the week. This week, they look at a returning offensive lineman, the basketball team’s first loss and the 2013 recruiting class.

1) How or where will the Wolverines benefit the most with Taylor Lewan staying for his final season? Chantel Jennings: The quarterback position. Devin Gardner would’ve had a much rougher year if he had an inexperienced and young left tackle protecting his blind side. Now, he has the probable frontrunner for the Outland Trophy. Had it been a young player as a starter, Gardner would’ve been sacked and hit much more, in which case we would’ve seen more Russell Bellomy, Jack Kennedy or Shane Morris, who also would’ve been protected by a young left tackle.

Tom VanHaaren: There are a lot of ways that Lewan coming back helps. It obviously means one fewer question mark along the offensive line. Having Lewan back means the left tackle spot is solidified, which will obviously help in the pass and run game. More importantly, it might help for the future. His return means that Michigan doesn't have to insert a redshirt freshman or move Michael Schofield over. It gives the younger linemen more time to develop and learn under Lewan.

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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

Treadwell sets top 3, eyes another visit 

December, 30, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) seems to like the southeastern culture, and that could be a good thing for Ole Miss.

The ESPN 150 wide receiver says the Rebels are in his top three with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He will take his official to Stillwater on Jan. 11.


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#BlueChipBattles: Dec. 21

December, 21, 2012
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Dee Liner, Reuben Foster, Tray MatthewsESPN.comReuben Foster (center) is torn between good friends Dee Liner (left) and Tray Matthews (right).

No. 1 ILB Reuben Foster has voiced his desire to play with at least one of his SEC-bound friends next season. But will he follow Tray Matthews to Georgia or hook up with Dee Liner wherever the ESPN 150 DL settles? It remains to be seen, but the mystery surrounding his recruitment keeps Foster at the top of our #BlueChipBattles.

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

Guide to dead period for U-M recruiting 

December, 20, 2012
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Derrick GreenTom Hauck for ESPN.comRunning back Derrick Green remains at or near the top of Michigan's wish list.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Monday the recruiting dead period started and it will last through Jan. 3, 2013. During this time, coaches aren’t allowed to meet in-person with recruits or commits. Prospects are allowed to visits campuses for bowl practices at this time, but only if it’s open to the public. Also, college coaches can call recruits once a week during the dead period but recruits can call prospective coaches anytime.

It’s a bit of a break and recruiting news might slow a bit during this time. So here’s the good, the bad and what you can expect over the few weeks.

THE GOOD

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The Weekly Update 

December, 20, 2012
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The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.

COREY MARTINEZ

The state of Florida is typically known for speed and skill players, but the Sunshine State also is home to some of the top offensive linemen for the 2014 class. One of them is Tampa Catholic lineman Corey Martinez, who has compiled offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, South Florida and Vanderbilt.

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Top WR Laquon Treadwell planning visits 

December, 6, 2012
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Ole Miss is the leader for Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), but the remaining teams in contention are starting to take shape.

Treadwell told WolverineNation writer Tom VanHaaren on Wednesday he will take his last four remaining official visits to Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He also confirmed a tweet Treadwell posted Tuesday that Ole Miss is his No. 1 program.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

December, 5, 2012
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Denard Robinson, Jordan KovacsAP Photo/Tony DingOnly one of Michigan's co-captains could be team MVP. If you guessed Denard Robinson ...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan football is headed to the Outback Bowl and will ring in the New Year in Tampa. The Big Ten has become a basketball league (six teams in the top 20 doesn’t lie). And it still feels like springtime in December. I think I’m finally starting to believe the Mayans might’ve been on to something …

But it’s Wednesday, which means it’s mailbag day! Mike will be taking care of this next week so send your questions to @mikerothstein or michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com.

Carter, New York: How did Jordan Kovacs win the team MVP award over Denard Robinson?

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

November, 30, 2012
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Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

Weekly Update: OL targets 

November, 29, 2012
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The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Michigan is still pursuing an offensive lineman for this class and it looks like the main targets right now are Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Na'ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough).

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