NC State may have been the first to offer Southern Durham (NC) standout Tony Creecy but their pledge was just the first in what has become a deluge of scholarship offers since. At 6-0, 195 pounds, Creecy is a do-it-all athlete for Southern that has made his biggest impression at wide receiver. However, his most attractive asset my be his versatility and that has helped lure interest from schools across the country. Pack Pride talked with the rising senior and got the latest on his recruiting.
“I’m up to 17 offers right now. The latest ones I picked up were from Wake Forest, Maryland and Clemson.
“Every school I’ve been talking to has said they’d like me to play receiver and running back. I don’t really have a position I like the most. They’re both excellent positions that I like to play. I can make big plays from either running back or receiver so I don’t really have a favorite.”
One of the things that has helped Creecy emerge as a national-caliber prospect is his unwavering work ethic. Pushed by his father, a former college running back himself, Creecy says he knows the effort he puts in during the winter and spring will pay off when the season rolls around in August.
“I put in a lot of work in the off-season,” he said. “I’m playing basketball right now so I’ll leave basketball practice and then go work out with my personal trainer. I do that every day, Monday through Saturday. Sunday is the only day I get to rest. I know that if you want to be the best it’s going to take hard work. What you put in is what you get out.
“My dad pushes me real hard and I like it because I know it’s helping me get better. I don’t cry or anything, I just do it because I know it’ll pay off one day.”
Up to this point NC State has held a solid lead for Creecy despite his growing scholarship total. The Pack jumped on him early in the process and that attention has helped pave the way in establishing State as the team everyone else is chasing.
“State is still out front,” said Creecy. “I love the atmosphere and really, when I first started being recruited they were the first team there and they were the first team on me hard. They always invite me to their practices and tell me what they’re going to do with me. What they’re going to do with me sounds like something I want to be a part of. I want to touch the ball a lot and that’s what they want me to do. Really, that’s why they’re in the lead.
“Another thing is they have Russell (Wilson) and Mike (Glennon) and a lot of good linemen that redshirted. And I just love coach Dana Bible’s offense. He runs and scripts his plays so pretty that people get wide open and I really like that offense.”
Perhaps the dark horse in the race to land Creecy is Duke. The Blue Devils have enjoyed a resurgence with in-state recruiting under David Cutlciffe and that has helped Duke to become a factor in Creecy’s recruiting.
“Duke is in there too and I say that because I talk to them all the time and they always tell me what I want to hear. They tell me how they want to use me and that’s why Duke has been sneaking up.”
Creecy plans to take in several junior days and spring games over the coming weeks including a trip to Florida to check out Florida State. He says he plans to hold out until signing day before making a decision.