Laquon Treadwell deciding Thursday

Updated: January 11, 2013, 7:38 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Crete-Monee (Ill.) senior Laquon Treadwell, the nation's top wide receiver recruit, will announce his college decision at his school Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Treadwell will choose between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Mississippi. He's already made official visits to Oklahoma and Ole Miss and is visiting Oklahoma State this weekend.

Treadwell said Friday he hadn't made a decision.

"Once I get home this weekend, I will know where I want to go," Treadwell said in a telephone interview while at Oklahoma State. "Just want to be comfortable with the coach. I want it to be some place I can step in and make an impact on the program and help them out.

"I want it to be a place where they treat you as more than just a player. I understand it's a business. It's a business for the coaches and everything. But I want to go with a coach who knows you as a person and not just a player. I want to go somewhere where I could see myself living there and not just as a football player."

Treadwell also made it clear that winning matters to him, but he's not simply picking the school that will give him the best shot to capture a national championship. He said he took pride in helping Crete-Monee become one of Illinois' top football programs and being a part of its first state championship in 2012.

"I like to start things," said Treadwell, ranked No. 19 in the 2013 ESPN 150. "Just being a player and being part of a program that started something. Winning a national championship is good and everything, but you're going to compete wherever you go."

The competition aspect is something that drives Treadwell. Because of that, he believes he can step in as a freshman and be a big-time wide receiver.

"I'm just very competitive in everything I do," Treadwell said. "I'm not going to sell myself short."

As a senior, Treadwell had 81 receptions for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns. In Crete-Monee's state championship victory, he had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 93 yards and a score.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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