Southern Durham (NC) standout Tony Creecy recently picked up his fourth star from Scout.com and he’s proven that to be well deserved by tallying 11 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown while helping the Spartans to a 2-0 record so far in 2009.
Pack Pride caught up with Creecy recently to talk about his team’s undefeated start and his thoughts on NC State and their potential for this season.
You guys have already played a couple of tough teams in Greenville Rose and Middle Creek. Are you seeing anything different from defenses this year trying to slow you down?
Not really. It’s really kind of the same as last year. Teams are just trying to double team me and make other guys on the team beat them.
Southern Durham is 2-0 so far so what’s the scouting report on your team this year?
Teams really can’t double team me because we have a lot of athletes so if you double team me it just opens up a hole for another guy. Our guys have been able to step up and make big plays. Really, other teams have just been messing themselves up because our guys have been playing hard, so if they go after someone else then it opens me up to make a big play. Either way, you’re probably going to lose (laughing).
Although you line up at receiver, you did get some opportunities to carry the ball last year. Do you think you’ll get some chances to rush the ball this year?
Yes sir. They really want to get the ball in my hands. They’ll put me in motion a lot and hand the ball off and they just want me to touch the ball.
How big is the Wake Forest-Rolesville game going to be for you guys this coming Friday?
It’s going to be a really big game because right now, we’re on a good roll. We’ve been working hard so I think this week is going to determine how good we are.
Since you’ve already committed to a major college, do you hear much trash talk from opposing players?
Oh yeah, they’re always trying to talk junk to me. If I run a route and don’t get the ball they tell me how I’m not going to catch the ball on them. I hear a lot of talk but I don’t let it get to me because I could get a penalty or it might get me out of my game so I don’t let it get to me.
Does that talk actually motivate you to play harder?
It really does. That talk really gets me motivated. That’s what Greenville Rose tried to do to me and I killed them. When you talk junk to me, for some reason, it motivates me to work even harder so if you talk junk to me it’s a bad thing.
Although you’ve been committed to State for a while are you still hearing from any colleges?
Not really because I guess it’s such a solid commitment.
You had a chance to watch NC State’s first scrimmage. What was your assessment of how the Pack looked?
They looked real good. On the first drive, the offense moved the ball at will but then the defense really got after it. It was a real good scrimmage and I know if the offense can be that good when the defense knows what they’re running, then when they go up against a team that doesn’t know what they’re running, it’s going to be a good game.
Does it get you excited knowing Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon will be at NC State for several years after you get to Raleigh?
It really does. Both of those guys are really good quarterbacks and their release is so good. They don’t even look like they’re throwing the ball hard. It looks like they’re just flipping the ball and it goes 60 yards. I saw Glennon throw the ball like 30 yards behind his back so I know both those guys are real good players.