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Enoch Smith holds a handful of FBS offers, but he stills waits for one from Michigan. Chantel Jennings talks to Smith about recruiting and the season at Mount Carmel.

Laquon Treadwell sets an example

October, 9, 2012
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Laquon TreadwellZach Perry/intersportLaquon Treadwell seems to have added Illinois and Notre Dame to his list of possible destinations.

Rated the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver and No. 38 recruit in the ESPN 150, Crete-Monee (Crete, Ill.) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell sets an example for his younger brother with the hard work he puts in off the field.

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High-powered offense is spreading

August, 17, 2012
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Matt AlvitiTom Hauck/ESPNHSMaine South QB Matt Alviti will bring his experience with the spread offense to Northwestern.
Three yards and a ... shoestring tackle.

Could that be the Big Ten's new motto? It's become the motto for nearly all of college football over the past decade with the advent of the spread offense.

Rich Rodriguez tried it at Michigan. Urban Meyer is bringing his to Ohio State. Penn State had its "HD Offense."

The Big Ten is no longer just a three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust league. But it is nothing new for some of the high schools in the Midwest.

Rocky Pentello has been coaching at Westerville South in Ohio since 1991. He estimates his team has been running the spread offense for close to 15 years now. While Ohio and the Midwest are known for producing linemen, not every program is blessed with the horses up front year after year. Pentello and his staff began incorporating the shotgun-based spread to even the playing field.

Pentello implemented zone-blocking schemes for his offensive line, which, in its simplest terms, is predicated on blocking an area instead of just a man.

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Illinois loaded with top prospects

August, 16, 2012
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Laquon TreadwellTom Hauck for ESPN.comNot only is Treadwell the top uncommitted recruit in Illinois, he is the top undecided player in the Midwest.
The 2013 class is one of the strongest in Illinois in recent memory. There are 12 prospects rated as four-star recruits from the state in 2013, which matches combined total from 2011 and 2012.

Although the top two spots in Illinois are occupied by skill positions players -- WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and RB Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) -- six of the top 10 players in the state can be found along the lines. That isn't much of a surprise, as the Midwest is known for producing big boys.

Five offensive tackles are found among the top 10 players in Illinois, and another offensive lineman -- guard Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) -- comes in at No. 6. Overall, the top part of the state's 2013 class is heavy on offense as 12 of the top 14 prospects could all play on that side of the ball.

Two Big Ten teams without much success recently are hoping they found their quarterbacks of the future from the state.

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