Re-classifed Creamer Holds Three Offers

Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) receiver Neiko Creamer re-classified to the 2014 class after tearing his ACL in November. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder already holds three offers, and more should be on the way come the fall. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his rehab, and his recruitment.

Neiko Creamer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee playing basketball in November, and it impacted his recruitment significantly.

In the spring, though, Creamer spoke with coach Dwayne Thomas at Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) about significantly altering his recruitment again.

Creamer, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver, re-classified for the 2014 class. It will give him time to get his knee healthy and will minimize the impact in his recruitment as he continues to work toward getting ready for the season.

"I'm 80 percent now," Creamer said recently. "I've been running routes, rehabbing every day. I'm no longer in a rehab building. I'm working out with Flash Training to get my knee back together."

Although Creamer wasn't able to work out in the spring for schools, he still picked up offers.

Rutgers, Boston College and Temple each extended offers, and Maryland, Auburn and Tennessee, where his father (Andre Creamer) played, continue to show interest.

"(Recruiting) quieted down a lot because of the knee injury," Creamer said. "Coach DT had to make a decision whether I should be a 2013 or 2014 kid, so (as a 2014) it's quieted down. I've still had schools tell me I have an offer as a 2014 kid, but not a 2013 kid."

Creamer is an intriguing prospect because he runs well enough to play receiver, but has the frame to one day develop into a tight end. He had schools tell him that, but heading into the 2012 season he has one position in mind.

"Receiver, for now," Creamer said. "I had experienced tight end earlier in my career, as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior, I was strictly a receiver and that's the type routes I know how to run, that's what I've developed."

Creamer hopes to be ready for the start of the season, but if not, he expects to be on the field by October.

And while the rehab is often monotonous and tedious, Creamer has worked hard through it.

"It's been recovery and not being lazy," he said. "It's hard work every day. Even when your knee is stiff, you have to put in the hard work before the practice to loosen it up and get it stronger. You have to get the muscles around it stronger so by the time the season comes around, I'll be ready to run my routes."

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