Cheese grits, yacht rides and chicken strips
Neiko Creamer
Neiko Creamer
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 15, 2013


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Neiko Creamer knows what college football team he'll suit up for and has for over nine months.

He isn't having a second or third commitment ceremony and isn't flirting with other schools' coaches.

This weekend, the Tennessee commit educated himself further on what's in store once he arrives in Knoxville in his last trip south as merely a prospect.

"This visit was different because it was a true official visit," Creamer said. "You don't get to really do everything when you just go on an unofficial. We got to see coach Jones' house. We got to go out on a yacht on the river. We got to eat some great food.

"We had a great breakfast. We had waffles, French toast, omelets, bacon. We had cheese grits, the southern thing. Then, for dinner, we had chicken fingers, chicken strips, burgers, stuff like that. So, it was pretty good."

At 6 feet 4, 212 pounds the Eastern Christian (Md.) Academy could grow into a variety of positions as he matures or he could hold steady and play wide receiver.

"Right now I'm playing wideout," said Creamer, who is 100-percent committed to the Orange & White. "We'll see if I'm like a special type of wideout or there's a special position for me. But, coach Jones is a mastermind. If they need something special from me then he'll figure it out."

When the athlete first committed back on March 11, he was one of less than half a dozen players on the pledge sheet with Tennessee's 2014 class. That roster has grown exponentially and the Vols are No. 2 in Scout's team rankings.

"It's going to make me better as a player. Most importantly, it's going to make the team better. Coach Jones has several positions under his belt and this is just another one and now he's on the SEC level. When you have great coaching and a great recruiting class coming in, you know it's coming."

Taking that next step in life has the Scout three-star excited.

"It's just a great feeling," Creamer said. "I'm just excited. I'm ready to represent myself, my family and Vol Nation."

The Wilmington, Del., resident arrives on The Hill in January. Creamer doesn't yet know who his roommate will be.

"I don't really mind who I room with as long as they're clean," he said.

Several numbers were vacated by a double-digit number of Volunteers playing their final game in Lexington last month. However, Creamer is nearly set on selecting a digit that wasn't previously occupied by a scholarship player.

"I think I'm going to wear No. 9," he said. "I'm all for a different number. I saw 9 available so I grabbed it."

Creamer is one of several legacy prospects joining Big Orange Country in 2014. His father is Andre Creamer, who played on Rocky Top 1984-88.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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