Vols Land Texas Twosome

Lennon Creer

An already outstanding Tennessee recruiting class just got a lot better, and Coach Trooper Taylor's star shines brighter by the hour.

The Vols recruiting ace dipped into the Lone Star State today and claimed a couple of Tatum HIgh School teammates that can boost the octane of Tennessee's offense. Lennon Creer, 6-1, 190, is rated the nation's No. 10 running back by Scout.com and No. 79 prospect overall. Creer has 4.5 speed and the power to run between the tackles. Over the last two seasons at Tatum, he rushed for an eye-popping total of 4,985 yards and 54 touchdowns to earn All-State honors as well as being named All-East Texas MVP. He picked Tennessee over offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Alabama. Creer had kept recruiting analysts and college coaches alike in the dark until announcing his decision this morning.

"I made up my mind last night," he told Scout,com's Miller Safrit. "I talked with my family about Alabama, but I decided on Tennessee."

Creer's exceptional vision and cutback ability makes him a good candidate for success in the SEC where speed infused defenses are prone over pursue.

"Creer is a big kid and a powerful runner," said Jeremy Patterson, Southwest recruiting analyst for Scout.com. You'll almost never see just one man bring him down." "He has good cutback ability and solid vision. He doesn't have great speed, but he's fast enough. His biggest strength is without a doubt his tackle breaking ability."

Tatum teammate Darrius Moore is hardly a throw in. Rated No. 56 at his position, the 6-foot, 180-pound, four-star wideout runs a 4.4. He, along with good friend Creer, led Tatum to back-to-back Class-3A state crown in 2005 and 2006. Moore caught a combined 30 TDs during those title runs and returned a kickoff the distance as a senior. He bench presses 285 pounds and squats 385. Moore chose Tennessee over offers from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Creer and Moore bring UT's commitment total to 29 with several big-name prospects still hanging in the balance. That means some won't qualify or will be enrolling in Jan. 2008 instead of the summer or fall of 2007. The Vols recruiting class is currently listed at No. 3 by Scout.com behind Florida and Texas and ahead of USC, LSU and South Carolina.

Perhaps the best way to describe this first class collection of Blue Chip football talent is call it Taylor-made.

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