Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Highly sought WR headed to N.C. State

Tony Creecy had college football offers from all over the country, but on Sunday he decided to stay close to home and committed to N.C. State.

The Southern Durham High wide receiver (6 feet, 210 pounds) had visited Mississippi, Tennessee and LSU, and had more than two dozen offers, but he decided he didn't need to travel far for his college experience.

"Distance was a factor," Southern Durham coach Adrian Jones said. "But he loved N.C. State. It was the first school to offer him, and he admires what Coach [Tom] O'Brien has done. Coach O'Brien won at Boston College, and he is building the foundation at State."

Creecy, ranked No.8 on The Charlotte Observer's Top 25 N.C. Prospects List, liked Ole Miss and strongly considered LSU and Wake Forest, Jones said.

Creecy runs 40 yards in 4.52 seconds. He caught 51 passes for 863 yards during Southern Durham's 9-4 season in 2008.

"I think he is going to have an outstanding college career," Jones said. "State gets the ball to its wide receivers and he can catch it.

"He has great size, tremendous hands and is an incredible athlete. He is just a rare combination of physical tools, speed and athleticism."

Creecy is ranked among the top 10 football prospects in North Carolina by scout.com.

The Wolfpack earlier got a commitment from Chapel Hill lineman Rob Crisp (6-8, 290), who is ranked among the top five players in the state.

-- Tim Stevens, (Raleigh) News & Observer

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