“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
As has been widely reported, Crete-Monee (IL) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell received his Michigan offer yesterday, the first for the class of 2013 prospect. Treadwell, who is teammates and good friends with 2012 commit Anthony Standifer, has caught a lot of attention—including from the Michigan coaches—after a very strong start to his junior season, and you can see his newly-released highlights from the first half of 2011 above.
Treadwell stands at 6'3", 190 pounds, and displays good hands and a great ability to run after the catch despite having solid, but not elite, speed. As you can see from the highlights (and in the stats he gave me below), he's used that elusiveness in the open field to post some big numbers this season. I caught up with Laquon this afternoon before his practice to discuss the Michigan offer and where he stands with his recruitment:
ACE: First of all, congrats on the offer. How did you find out about the offer, and what was your reaction to it?
LAQUON: I found out about it when I came home from practice. The Michigan coach called my mom, he told my mom, and my mom told me to call Coach Montgomery. So I called him, and then he told me about Michigan and told me I got the offer.
ACE: I know it's still early and it's your first offer, but would you say this makes Michigan a favorite in your recruitment?
LAQUON: Yeah. I think it makes them a favorite, because they're my only offer, and they were the first, and my teammate [2012 commit Anthony Standifer] is going there.
ACE: Speaking of your teammate, have you been able to talk to Anthony since you got the offer? Has he given you any advice about how to go about the rest of your recruitment?
LAQUON: Yeah, when I found out I got the offer, I was actually hanging out with Anthony. Then we talked about it, and he was like, just take my time, make sure I pick the right school.
ACE: How does this affect the timeline of your recruitment? Do you still plan on taking visits, and are you considering making a commitment in the near future?
LAQUON: I still plan on taking visits. My mom wants to go on visits to a couple different schools, she hasn't [taken] any yet. She told me just to take my time and make sure I pick the right school, and let her have a part in my recruitment.
ACE: Do you have any plans to visit Michigan again this season?
LAQUON: Yeah, I plan on going to the homecoming game versus Purdue.
ACE: I didn't get a chance to talk to you after the Notre Dame game, but how did that visit go for you, and what kind of impression did you get from Michigan after being at that game?
LAQUON: That visit was great, because I got to see Michigan in adversity and come back and win. The coaches just keep coaching the whole way through the whole game, and that's what the journey is about. The fans were just hype and excited, and it made me actually get excited, it made me like a fan, like a big fan.
ACE: Your team is now standing at 7-0. How are you feeling about your team right now?
LAQUON: Well my team is playing well. We had to battle adversity the last two games, because we hadn't really had a test. I think those were the two hardest games we've played all year, and I think that helps us going into the playoffs.
ACE: And how have you been doing personally?
LAQUON: I think I've been doing well overall. I've got [around] 700 yards on 35 catches, four sacks, 12 touchdowns, and like 25 tackles.
Many thanks to Laquon for taking the time before practice to talk to me. This is definitely a recruitment to keep an eye on, though don't expect a commitment until his mom has a chance to come up for a visit. If that happens for the Purdue game, things could move quickly, as it's easy to tell Treadwell really likes Michigan and the opportunity to play with his teammate.