Tony Creecy says he now has 30 scholarship offers from schools all over the country. Despite the national attention, Creecy admits he'd prefer to stay close to home and won't be looking too far away.
"I'd definitely prefer to stay close," Creecy said. "Family is very important to me. Me and my dad have a great relationship and I don't want to go too far from him."
Fortunately for Creecy there are a plethora of programs within just a few hours.
"N.C. State is only about 15 minutes away. They're right around the corner," he said. "I also like how they are coming up. They're recruiting really hard and I think they are going to be very good in the next few years.
"I like how focused coach David Cutcliffe is about making Duke a winning program," he said.
A little farther up the road is North Carolina State, which is only about 20 minutes away.
"I love their facilities," Creecy said. "I also think they're going to be a great team. They redshirted a lot of guys last year, so I expect them to be real good."
He says the Wolfpack are recruiting him the hardest.
"My dad likes North Carolina State a lot too," he said. "He isn't telling me to go there, but I know he likes them."
Another plus for N.C. State is their coaches. "I really like the coaches there," Creecy said. "The whole staff is amazing and they don't sugar coat anything. They are very honest and direct with you."
Scout.com's No. 38 wide receiver says he still favors North Carolina State slightly over Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson and LSU. Although Creecy says the Wolfpack remain his favorite, he says his top three (North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest) lead solidly over the others.
All of his favorites have offered as well as North Carolina, Ole Miss, Florida State and Georgia Tech, among others.
The Tar Heels, which are also rather close to Creecy's home, are surprisingly not in his top six. "I'm not getting as much love from them as everyone else," he explained. Creecy says he actually grew up following Tar Heels basketball.
Creecy has already attended junior days at North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Clemson and East Carolina.
The Demon Deacons are just under a two-hour drive from Creecy's home.
"They have great coaches at Wake Forest," he said. "(Tight ends/fullbacks) coach Steve Russ is a real great guy. He says that I remind him of Anquan Boldin (who played receiver at N.C. State and whose younger brother, D.J. Boldin, was a receiver for the Deacs last season). He said I should come to Wake and that I could be even better then he was in college."
"Clemson has a great environment," he said. "I love how everything there is all about the school. The whole town revolves around Clemson and everyone supports you.
"It was the same at Virginia Tech," he said. "It's a small town and the fans there are all about Tech in Blacksburg."
Although Creecy has already visited several programs, he says he's going to have a busy summer as well. It all starts with the Ole Miss camp on June 6, then he plans on going to South Carolina, East Carolina and several others.
One school that he hasn't visited yet that he'd like to check out is LSU. "They've been winning championships," he said. "They are a great team every year and it's a big time program."
Creecy doesn't have a firm time frame for making a decision. "If I get invited to play in one of those All-America game then I'd love to do it on national TV," he said. "But I'm not sure yet.
"I'm just looking for a school that will give me something to fall back on," he said. "Everybody dreams about the NFL and that's my goal too."
Creecy finished his junior season with 48 receptions for 863 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed 22 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Does he prefer wide receiver or running back?
"I don't have a favorite," he said. "Everybody is recruiting me for both so I'm not sure which position I'll play.
"My hands are really good and I'm tough too," he said. "I'm the guy you can send up the middle and make the catch. I know I'll probably get knocked down but I don't worry about that. I just do it.
"I also have great vision," he said. "I'm real good with the ball and can find the openings fast and have a feel for what's going to happen."
He says he can bench 250-pounds, squat 315 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.
"I want to work on coming off breaks better," he said. "I've improved my routes a lot but I'm still working on my footwork."
Creecy plans to major in either broadcast journalism or sports management. He reports a 3.0 core GPA
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