Lightning struck in January when nationally ranked RB Sam McGuffie announced he was transferring to Rice from Michigan.
Could lightning strike again at Rice!?!
Maybe so, but at a bruising 6-1 213 pounds, maybe Creer should be called "Thunder" by comparison. Creer is an awesome combination of both size, and illusiveness actually. Looking ahead, utilizing Creer at RB and McGuffie at the Slot, the Owls would feature one of the most highly regarded backfields in not only C-USA, but all of college football. "Thunder and Lightning" indeed.
(It's okay to have a huge smile on your face right now...)
By any name, Creer is a phenomenal talent that would absolutely put Rice Football squarely into the national headlines again - and perhaps even more permanently on the college football map.
Creer is scheduled to visit the Rice Campus today and tomorrow with his family and will no doubt receive the red carpet treatment from the Owl Coaching Staff.
And for good reason, here's a long list of Creer's high school honors and achievements:
- PrepStar All-America
- Texas Class 2A Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Offensive Player-of-the-Year
- Twice named 1st Team Texas 2A All-State, East Texas MVP and District MVP
- Helped Tatum High School to Texas 2A State Titles in 2005 and 2006
- Totaled 2,835 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns as senior in 2006
- Set Tatum records for career and season TDs, as well as career and season rushing yards
- Second-team Reebok Super Team as running back in 2006
- Compiled 2,106 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns during junior season
- As a sophomore in 2004, ran for 1,263 yards and eight touchdowns to earn Newcomer of the Year in his district
- Three-time District champ contributor in 4x100 and 4x400 track and field events and was State Championship qualifier in both relays
Creer was considered a 4-Star player by Scout.com; and ranked the #10 Running Back in the country as a senior.
In two seasons at Tennessee, Creer had career totals of 602 yards on 109 attempts, scoring 5 touchdowns.
I spoke with Lennon last night at his home in Tatum about his decision to leave Tennessee.
"I just decided it would be best for me to transfer to a school closer to home. I need to be closer to my family so they can watch me play. I have a lot of sick family members right now and I need to be closer to them. The hardest thing about leaving Tennessee is leaving my teammates behind. You really develop a bond with your teammates and that's hard (to leave)."
Fortunately Rice is a possibility for Creer, I asked how the Owls became an option.
"Well, I just started talking to the coaches and I got real interested. The academics are great and the Offense could be a good fit for me. I know they are a program on the rise and I like the coaching staff so far - they really sound like they take care of their players."
I told Lennon I had been barraged with emails asking about him and he took the news graciously.
"It's a blessing to have played at Tennessee but to also have a school with everyone so interested in you. I appreciate the opportunities I've been given as a player."
Creer will be visiting Rice today and tomorrow, and also mentioned a trip to Louisiana Tech next Tuesday. TCU and Missouri are also candidates for Creer's talent, but he hasn't set firm visits with those schools yet. He will have to sit out the 2009 season under NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Obviously, his visit brings a high level of excitement and anticipation to Owl fans and coaches. We'll report any developments as they occur.
In the meantime Owls, cross your fingers and pray.
Oh and by the way Lennon, "#3" will be available in 2010!