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Gabriel Baumgaertner: Five-star receiver Laquon Treadwell commits to Ole Miss

Laquon Treadwell will travel south to play his college football. The highly regarded receiver chose Ole Miss on Thursday evening.

Five-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had one of the most unpredictable recruitments of the 2012-2013 recruiting season, and he chose an unlikely destination to cap it all off.

Treadwell announced his commitment to Ole Miss during a press conference at Crete-Monee (Ill.) High on Thursday night, ending a roller-coaster recruitment that had him linked to a series of different schools including Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Treadwell had been linked to the Rebels over the last month, and coach Hugh Freeze continues his unlikely surge to sign several of the best players in the nation.

“I wanted to be a part of something special, the program is on the rise with the new coaching staff,” Treadwell said after thanking friends and family. “Coach Freeze stresses love and is a very positive man. I want to be a part of returning Rebel nation to glory.”

Treadwell emphasized the importance of the staff’s treatment of him and his mother, who reportedly played a fairly prominent role in his recruitment. The Southern hospitality could pay enormous dividends for the Rebels — Treadwell is considered the best receiver in this recruiting class and saw his stock rise higher this season.

With Treadwell secured, Freeze and his staff will turn his attention to luring the nation’s top ranked player, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.). Nkemdiche’s brother, Denzel, is a starting linebacker for the Rebels, and amassed 82 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in his redshirt freshman season. Younger brother Robert could arrive with significantly more hype if he decides to head to Oxford.

The younger Nkemdiche was originally committed to Clemson, but eventually decommitted from the Tigers with the apparent encouragement of his mother, who has stated to see the brothers play on the same team.

While Nkemdiche is the primary target (and it is widely assumed that is where he will go), the Rebels are also trying to land four-star recruits Elijah Daniel of Avon, Indiana and Mississippi native Antonio Conner.

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