Oklahoma Sooners: Laquon Treadwell

Weather again hurts OU recruiting 

June, 10, 2013
Oklahoma’s satellite camp in Carrollton, Texas, on Saturday morning couldn’t have gone smoother. Top recruits were able to make the trip. The weather was beautiful. Two offers were made in the secondary to Class of 2014 Nebraska commitment Jason Hall (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) and Class of 2015 safety Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse).

Sunday was shaping up to be the same way in Houston when OU’s ugly old friend, the weather, again played a role in a pivotal recruiting opportunity for the Sooners.

NORMAN, Okla. -- One look at Oklahoma’s offense in 2008, the year of the Sooners’ last BCS title game appearance, provides a revealing look at that squad’s success.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford triggered the offense with Pro Bowl tight end Jermaine Gresham of the Cincinnati Bengals and three NFL draft picks (Ryan Broyles, Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson) at receiver. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray lined up alongside Bradford with Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Williams and Minnesota Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt up front. The defense, meanwhile, was led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of Tampa Bay and Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis.

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Top WR Treadwell sets decision date 

January, 9, 2013

One program will get an instant boost to its passing game when the No. 1 receiver nationally announces his decision.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Before Friday, Oklahoma was finally riding a wave of positive recruiting momentum. December was a banner month for the Sooners, who added five verbal commitments.

It wasn't just about getting five commits, it was about the positions OU added. Four combined at offensive and defensive tackle alleviated panic for Sooners fans.

But then Friday happened. It remains to be seen if the 41-13 blowout loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl will put a damper on recruiting for OU, but it certainly didn't help matters. And then Sunday happened with a big-time shocker and blow to the class when ESPN 300 linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) flipped his commitment from OU to Texas A&M.

Heading into the final month until national signing day, OU has 17 commits with another 5-7 spots still available.

To start, OU is not pursuing any quarterbacks, running backs, interior offensive linemen, defensive ends or kickers. The Sooners are content there for this class. But at the other spots, there is still some work to do.

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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

January, 3, 2013

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

AT&T Cotton Bowl preview 

January, 2, 2013
Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1 Big 12)

Where: Arlington, Texas
When: Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. ET

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UA Game: Laquon Treadwell Interview

January, 1, 2013

Phil Murphy interviews uncommitted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell after the second day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game. Treadwell says he'll decide between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss after his visit to Stillwater on Jan. 11.

Treadwell sets top 3, eyes another visit 

December, 30, 2012
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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Treadwell, Mitchell top OU Christmas list 

December, 23, 2012
Christmas felt like it came early for Oklahoma in the last two weeks with commitments of offensive tackles Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) and ESPN JC 100 prospect Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley).

Add in the commitment of three-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) and the signing of ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley), and it has been a banner couple of weeks for the Sooners.

But OU isn’t done yet. OU coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners weren’t done -- not by a longshot. So in the spirit of the season, here is OU’s recruiting Christmas list to close out the 2013 class.

ATH Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna, 6-1, 165, No. 198 ESPN 300)

Following his visit to OU, Baker decommitted from Florida State. Is that a sign of things to come? Too early to know, but Baker would be a huge boost to OU at wide receiver or cornerback.

It’s going to be a marathon with Baker in January between Clemson and OU. He made official visits to both campuses in December, and both schools will make in-home visits with Baker in the next month.

Baker can contribute on either side of the ball. Bottom line, though, is he can contribute.

OT Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach, 6-8, 364, No. 22 OT)

It will be tough for Sooners to get Cochran out of the west coast, but OU is certainly giving it a try. Cochran made an official visit to OU in November, and OU coaches Bruce Kittle and Bob Stoops have already made visits to the mammoth tackle.

Nebraska, Cal and Arizona are also in the mix. Cochran’s older brother, Matt, just finished his freshman season with the Bears.

S Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite, 6-2, 161, No. 32 S, Committed to Wisconsin)

With all the coaching changes at Wisconsin, why can’t the Sooners get back into the race for Foreman? UCLA has picked up its intensity in a major way since Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to go to Arkansas.

Foreman made an official visit to OU in September, and OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops was among the first coaches to notice the type of potential Foreman has.

DT Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC, 6-4, 305, No. 4 ESPN JC 100)

It’s going to be tough to see the Sooners pull this one out, but OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp is on a roll right now following Huggins and Russell.

Shipp hasn’t given up on Johnson, another player who could make an immediate impact. But it feels like Georgia is in the lead. The Sooners are in fantastic shape for Garland (Texas ) South Garland tackle Charles Walker. He picked up an OU offer last week and will visit OU on Jan. 11.

LB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian, 6-4, 216, No. 121 ESPN 150)

OU looks like it’s set at linebacker for 2013. But this is a wish list, right? And if Mitchell looked like he wanted to head to Norman, nobody in their right mind would pass that up.

OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has developed a solid rapport with Mitchell, but Ohio State has jumped on Mitchell. And without a bowl game to prepare for, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has been able to spend a lot of quality time with Mitchell.

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Each week SoonerNation recruiting writers Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon face off on one issue regarding Oklahoma recruiting.

This week’s question: It was a huge week for OU on the trail, but what was the biggest news from the last seven days?

Brandon Chatmon: Trinity Valley Community College defensive tackle Quincy Russell's decision to sign with Oklahoma was an early Christmas present for the Sooners. Landing a junior college standout at a position of major need should provide an energy boost for the recruiting class and give OU plenty of momentum heading into January. Several great things happened for OU in recent days, but none better than Russell's signing.

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Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

December, 20, 2012
Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • More on the nation's top wideout's Oklahoma visit
  • How close was a Texas DT to committing to OU last week?

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Recapping Oklahoma's big recruiting week 

December, 20, 2012
OK, Oklahoma fans, take a deep breath and try to digest the last seven days in OU recruiting. The Sooners have gone from having 14 commits to 18 commits.

And it wasn’t just getting four pledges in seven days, it was where OU picked up the slack. It’s almost as if the coaches heard the cries of the fanbase asking for some tackles. The Sooners have delivered with two offensive tackles and two defensive tackles.

It started last Friday when three-star defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) flipped from Texas A&M to OU.

The Sooners offered Huggins in September and never gave up hope of switching his commitment. An in-home visit to Huggins by OU coach Bob Stoops sealed the deal.

And then there was Wednesday, a day OU fans won’t forget anytime soon. The Sooners picked up three commitments and one of them, three-star ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell, signed his letter of intent with OU.

Russell is being joined by his teammate, four-star ESPN JC 100 offensive tackle Josiah St. John, who committed to OU hours after Russell signed.

Minutes after St. John announced his commitment, three-star offensive tackle Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) followed suit and picked OU. Daimler decommitted from Arizona State on Wednesday afternoon and committed to OU hours later. He was offered by OU on Tuesday night.

In other words, the Sooners have found some big uglies. After being on the outside looking in of several top tackle targets throughout October and November, December is bringing some good fortunes to OU’s 2013 class.

Panic mode is gone. OU is still looking for at least one more commit at each position, but the coaching staff can take its time and make it gets who it wants.

The only position OU struck out with was tight end. The Sooners were gunning for ESPN JC 100 prospect Emmanuel Bibbs (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western). An Iowa State commit, the Sooners made a serious late charge at Bibbs. But Bibbs remained a Cyclone and signed his letter of intent with Iowa State on Wednesday.

OU can turn its attention toward tight end as the plan has appeared to be the Sooners wanting two for the class. But the idea was to have at least one of those be a juco product. With that seemingly going out the window, it might just be a one tight end group from the high school ranks.

Almost lost in all this is the positive visits of a couple of ESPN 300 prospects in No. 1-ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and four-star athlete Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) for OU’s banquet weekend.

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OU commits hope Treadwell joins class 

December, 17, 2012
It took more than eight months after he was initially supposed to visit campus, but it was worth the wait for Oklahoma and ESPN’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee).

Treadwell, who is No. 20 in the ESPN 150, was the top-ranked visitor at OU for the Sooners’ banquet weekend.

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Chantel Jennings/ESPN.comTop receiver Laquon Treadwell is taking an official visit to Oklahoma State in January.
And with a number of OU commits in the house, it made for a great weekend even if it didn’t end with a Sooners commitment for Treadwell.

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Recruiting faceoff: Biggest visitor? 

December, 14, 2012
Each week SoonerNation recruiting writers Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon will face off on one issue regarding Oklahoma recruiting.

This week’s question: Banquet weekend is a huge recruiting opportunity for OU. Who is the biggest and most important visitor coming to town?

Adrian Baker
Corey Long/ESPN.comAdrian Baker is still committed to Florida State but his visit to Oklahoma is a good sign for the Sooners.
Bob Przybylo: No. 1-ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) is going to draw the attention, but my eyes are on ESPN 300 member and Florida State commit Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).

What it has taken to get Baker to take this official visit should be a sign of just how interested he really is in the Sooners program.

When told by Mike Stoops to not visit for the Notre Dame game because of a conflict of interest with his brother, Mark Stoops, most kids could have and maybe would have turned their back on OU.

But Baker was impressed by the loyalty Mike showed to his brother. With Mark now gone from FSU, as is Baker’s primary recruiter Eddie Gran, it’s all wide open.

Baker can fill a need on either side of the ball. If OU cannot get Treadwell, Baker could play wide receiver. And if the Sooners find what they’re looking for at receiver, Baker can move to his natural cornerback position.

Baker said Mike Stoops watched Baker’s 2012 highlight film and is convinced Baker is an athlete -- not a cornerback as FSU and Clemson are saying. They are keeping the door open for Baker to make an imprint on either side of the ball.

And with as much talent as Baker has, it’s not the worst idea in the world.

Brandon Chatmon: The most important visitor is Laquon Treadwell, it's important the Sooners impress the Crete-Monee receiver, because he brings elite playmaking ability to the table.

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Baker, Treadwell top OU banquet visitors 

December, 14, 2012
Every year it's said: Banquet weekend is important for Oklahoma. It would get repetitive if it weren’t for the fact it is so true.

The 2012 edition is no different, as the Sooners are welcoming several top prospects, none ranked higher than ESPN’s No. 1 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee).

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Erik McKinney/WeAreSC.comAlong with top WR Laquon Treadwell, OU will be in hot pursuit of four-star USC commit Nico Falah (above) during banquet weekend.
In 2011, OU hosted Denton (Texas) Ryan’s Mario Edwards, ESPN’s No. 1-ranked recruit. Edwards riled up a lot of OU fans following the visit when, after initially saying he liked it, he added that he didn’t feel the vibe in Norman, Okla., and didn’t feel the team chemistry.

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