Published March 19, 2013 - 3:15pm
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Now with National Signing Day in the books, let’s look at the top newcomers in the SEC for 2013. Predicting the top newcomers is often very tough, and these aren’t just merely rankings of the top players. We’re going to look at what type of impact they’ll make and where they’ll make it.
No. 4 – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
From: Crete, IL (Crete-Monee)
Size: 6-3, 195 pounds, 4.4 40
The Skinny: What is Ole Miss doing invading Illinois and the Big Ten country’s top wide receiver? When asked why Treadwell chose Ole Miss over other schools, he summed it up in two words – Hugh Freeze. Freeze made a lasting impression on Treadwell, and he’ll be an impact player for his new coach in 2013. Not only does Ole Miss line up arguably the best receiver in the conference in Donte Moncrief, but throw in Treadwell to the mix, and you have a receiver tandem as talented as anyone in the SEC. Obviously, much of Treadwell’s production revolves around how much Bo Wallace improves in ‘13, because receivers are only as good as their quarterbacks. But adding Treadwell to an already talented receiving corps will make Freeze think twice about running the ball so much.
What Ole Miss is getting: Laquon Treadwell gives the Rebels the top receiver in the country. We’ve seen receivers make instant splashes in the SEC time and time again. At 6-3, 195 pounds, Treadwell is ready to make an immediate impact next fall. Even with the stacked depth chart, Treadwell will break through, and aside from Moncrief, Treadwell will immediately have more upside than any receiver on the corps. He may not possess as much wiggles after the catch, but he’ll be a legit downfield threat from day one, and he has the size and straight-line speed to be a perennial top receiver in the league. Some guys are just natural receivers, and Treadwell’s size and fluid play proves he knows what to do with it after he catches it. He can make the big catch in traffic, and break a tackle and house it on the outside. If Treadwell picks up the offense quickly, no longer will defensive coordinators worry solely about Moncrief on the outside. “Who’s the new kid?”
Treadwell could have gone to any school in the country, but thankfully, we will all be witnesses for the next (at least) three years in the SEC.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 5 Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
- No. 6 Kelvin Taylor, Florida
- No. 7 Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
- No. 8 Derrick Henry, Alabama
- No. 9 Tre’Davious White, LSU
- No. 10 Alex Collins, Arkansas
- No. 11 Chris Jones, Miss State
- No. 12 Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky
- No. 13 OJ Howard, Alabama
- No. 14 Marquez North, Tennessee
- No. 15 Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M
- No. 16 Leon Brown, Alabama
- No. 17 Fred Ross, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Tray Matthews, Georgia
- No. 19 Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- No. 20 Ben Bradley, Auburn
- No. 21 Alex Anzalone, Florida
- No. 22 Carl Lawson, Auburn
- No. 23 Frank Herron, LSU
- No. 24 Larenz Bryant, South Carolina
- No. 25 Ryan Timmons, Kentucky
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