- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 19 prospect in the ESPN 150, committed to Ole Miss on Thursday, choosing the Rebels over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
"There was one school that built a great relationship with me and my mother," he said. "This fall I will be playing my football at the University of Ole Miss."
Treadwell had the Rebels as his leader for quite some time after previously holding Michigan in the No. 1 spot. There were even a few times throughout the process where it looked like Treadwell would pull the trigger for the Wolverines.
But he decided to take his time and ultimately use his official visits, which led him to the three finalists.
"The recruiting process was something I took very seriously, but had a lot of fun with," he said. "I took my time in the process so I could make the right choice for myself."
The decision to choose Ole Miss, while surprising to some, wasn't completely out of the blue for Treadwell. His former high school teammate and close friend, Anthony Standifer, is a defensive back at Ole Miss. Standifer initially got Treadwell interested in the Rebels, and coach Hugh Freeze and his staff did the rest.
While the Rebels still could land another huge fish in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), this is the first big splash for Freeze.
"I wanted to be a part of something special," Treadwell said. "The program is on the rise with the new coaching staff. (Freeze) is changing the culture, and I want to be a part of changing the Rebel culture."
Treadwell gives Ole Miss 21 commitments, 11 of whom are four-star prospects. Treadwell is the first ESPN 150 commit and the highest-ranked commitment in the class.