Creamer ready to commit?

Sign up or sign in to get the latest in Tennessee football recruiting from InsideTennessee.com. Be sure to come to IT for all the latest in Volunteer athletics.

With the 2013 signing class in the rearview mirror after just two months time Butch Jones and his coaching staff now look ahead to their first full class in 2014.

And for Tennessee, there are a lot of prospective athletes that know quite a bit about the Orange & White. Legacy athletes, as they have been coined, have parents or relatives that have played sports in Knoxville and the 2014 class is loaded with them.

Jones and his staff currently have one commitment in the 2014 class from Vic Wharton and he is heavily recruiting legacy Neiko Creamer to join him as the next on the list.

"All of the legacy guys talk about coming to Tennessee all of the time.," Creamer told InsideTennessee.com. "Even Vic Wharton, he's not a legacy, but he is recruiting us all as hard as any one. It was cool to get here and meet him.

"As soon as I got here I was asking where Vic was because he is always hitting me up on Twitter and stuff. It is just cool to walk around here and see my dad's picture on the wall and stuff. We are all excited about this class."

Creamer's father, Andre, played defensive back for the Volunteers in the mid-1980s and was a member of the 1985 SEC Championship team. For the younger Creamer, coming to Tennessee has been a life-long dream.

"I have always wanted to go to Tennessee," he said. "There is just such great tradition at Tennessee and me and the other guys want to be a part of bringing that back. With my dad being an All-American here I know what Tennessee can and has been. I want to be a part of bringing that back."

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound wide receiver prospect resides in Elkton, Md., but made the trip to Knoxville for an official visit in January for the first time since he was five-years old.

"The visit was awesome," Creamer said. "Just seeing the facilities and the stadium. Everything is so nice. I got to put on a No. 11 jersey, the number I wear at Eastern Christian. That was awesome. I tried to make sure that I took notes about the visit. I carried a notebook with me the whole time."

Some might already Creamer a commitment, his Twitter bio even says "Future Tennessee Volunteer," but he hasn't pulled the trigger quite yet. However, he likes Jones and his new staff bring to the table.

"Coach Jones and his vision for the program — it is just everything I wanted it to be," he said. "Listening to him talk about everything just got me so excited. Tennessee is definitely my top school. I want to be here, but it is just when I want to commit. I almost committed last month, but that was all me. It was just good to get here and hear them tell me that my offer was solid and they wanted me."

Creamer, who was originally a class of 2013 prospect, reclassified to the 2014 class after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, but he says he is now healthy again and preparing for his senior football season with some hoops.

"The knee is 100 percent," he said. "I have been playing a lot of basketball with my cousin and things like that. I am a very competitive person and I want to make sure he is staying hungry. I am playing with him all the time."

Creamer also has offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia. Stay glued to the Tri-State Christian (Md.) Academy prospect's recruitment as a commitment could come at any moment.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for more Tennessee football recruiting updates.


Inside Tennessee Top Stories