"I still think people know I put up decent numbers without playing a second on the [power play], but yeah, probably defensive guy is right, and it's fine," Hagelin said Monday. "I know what I'm made of and I know what I have done offensively in this League while playing a defensive role. I'm confident I can do a lot of damage offensively."
Though Crete (IL) Monee receiver Laquon Treadwell maintains he has no favorites, Michigan has been a constant presence in his recruitment and they are, at the very least, among his leaders. Treadwell picked up offers from Nebraska and Indiana in December to go along with early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, and the four-star receiver recently was named to the MaxPreps 2011 Junior All-American first team after a stellar junior season. I caught up with Laquon this afternoon, and he talked about the status of his recruitment, including an early top five:
ACE: First of all, I know you added a couple offers in December. Which teams are having the most contact with you right now?
LAQUON: The teams with the most contact would have to be Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Michigan.
ACE: Three of those teams have come through with offers—Nebraska, Michigan, and Notre Dame—and you've also got one from Indiana, correct?
ACE: Would you say you've got any favorites right now?
LAQUON: I don't have any favorites, but I do have a top five that I like.
ACE: And what's the top five?
LAQUON: Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and then Tennessee—oh yeah, I've been hearing from Tennessee, too.
ACE: Did you get a chance to watch the Sugar Bowl last night?
LAQUON: No, I didn't. I was actually watching the [Semper Fidelis] high school All-American game, and then I didn't get a chance to watch.
ACE: How is everything going for you with your basketball season?
LAQUON: It's going good. We're 12-3 right now, just lost in the championship game of a Christmas tournament, but it's going pretty good.
ACE: Are you planning on making it to any junior days or camps during the offseason?
LAQUON: I haven't made any plans about any visits because a lot of coaches have been pretty busy lately and I haven't heard from them, so I haven't had the chance to make any visits happen. I plan on over the offseason trying to do Core 6 [a training facility for high school athletes in Illinois]—they have a showcase thing with Fox [news coverage] and all that.
ACE: We just came out of a dead period for recruiting, but have Michigan's coaches been in contact with you at all recently, or has it been quiet on that front?
LAQUON: It's been quiet, for all the coaches actually. I haven't heard from a coach in about a week, a week or two.
Am I remembering incorrectly, or is Core 6 the training facility that Logan Tuley-Tillman goes to? I remember from that one article that Logan goes to a training facility when time and finances permit.
If that were the same facility that LaQuon goes to, maybe we are losing one personal connection, but gaining another . . . .
Did you feel his tone was any different towards Michigan than when Anthony was a commit? Maybe it is my mind playing tricks on me but I feel he was more excited in the past. Maybe he was new to recruiting so it was actually really exciting and now it is getting to be old hat?
I really want him to go blue, I think this kid is a tremendous player.
I don't really think his tone has changed—some days you catch a recruit and he's got a lot of energy, some days not so much (when I called today, Laquon was working on a paper). In general, I think he's still as high on Michigan as he was when Standifer was committed.
This should be a disclaimer/reminder on all recruiting interview posts. It might reduce some of the emotional highs and lows and add a few more years onto all of our lives. I know we'd all like them to have a Michigan induced manic disorder but they do have other things going on in their lives. It's actually probably a good thing he'll only see the highlights of the win yesterday since they make us look way better.
"Michigan Defense" is dominating everything, in every aspect of life. That's a rough definition.
It may hurt insofar as Michigan no longer has that leg up over every other school, but I don't think it's really going to hurt them in the long run. I take Laquon at his word when he says it won't affect his decision.
AHHH I want him to commit. After watching last night's game, we need some prototypical power WRs that can get open using their speed or athleticism to run our offense.
We are in on some excellent WRs this year, including KY WR James Quick and OH WR Kevin Gladney in addition to Treadwell. 2 of those 3 would be very solid, although sounds like Gladney is a Buckeye fan.