It didn't take long for Southern (Durham, N.C.) star Tony Creecy, Jr. to make a name for himself on the varsity football level. Creecy hauled in 24 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns for the varsity squad in 2006, which was his freshman year. The 5-11, 195-pound wide receiver/running back improved upon those numbers in each of the next two seasons and now finds himself as one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state of North Carolina.
"My dad told me I'll get out what I put in," Creecy said. "My freshman year, I put in a lot of work. I tried to finish everything first."
As a junior last season, Creecy hauled in 48 receptions for 863 yards and five touchdowns. He added 25 carries for 210 yards and three more scores. Creecy alternates between receiver and running back for Southern and many college coaches feel he could do the same on the next level.
"Most coaches really like my body size. They say I have a college body shape right now," Creecy said. "They like how I convert from wide receiver to running back. I can be a running back in an I-formation and then switch to wide receiver and the offense doesn't have to make a personnel change. They like how I go across the middle to make a tough catch. They also like my hands and my vision."
Creecy estimates that he has close to 20 offers, including Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. He does plan to go through the process, but at this point those schools closer to home have a clear advantage.
"I'm going to take all five official visits," Creecy said. "But I don't want to go more than five or six hours away from home. I'll end up going in-state or around the state. Like Virginia Tech, I could see myself going there because it is not far."
Asked why he wanted to stay close to home, Creecy answered, "Me and my dad have a real close relationship. We are really tight. I'd love being close to him when I'm in college, so I could come down and talk when I'd need to."
An in-state school sits at the team to beat right now.
"They are kind of the team to beat," Creecy said, referring to N.C. State. "What makes them like that is that they have a big Engineering program. I did not know Virginia Tech had a big Engineering program, but they could be close to the top now that I know they do. They were also showing me a lot of love at the junior day. There are a lot of schools in the running. It'll be a hard decision."
Creecy attended Virginia Tech's prospect day last Saturday. He discussed his time in Blacksburg.
"I really enjoyed it," Creecy said of Virginia Tech. "The facilities are so nice. I loved the coaching staff. They've been a good team for a long time. They've won the ACC and been to bowl games over the past 10 years. They are a real good school and they have a real good Engineering program."
Creecy has now taken unofficial visits to Duke, ECU, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He'll head to Clemson this Sunday and plans to visit UVa at some point this spring or summer. He'll also participate in the National 7-on-7 competition at South Florida later this month.
A solid student, Creecy carries a 3.2 GPA.