Monday, March 11, 2013
Vols add second legacy commitment
By Dave Hooker
Another day, another legacy commitment for Tennessee.
The Volunteers added their fourth commitment when receiver Neiko Creamer from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian confirmed he had committed on Monday afternoon. Creamer's father, Andre, was a defensive back for Tennessee in the 1980s.
"It's ironic and is a blessing," Neiko said of committed to his father's alma mater. "To go to the same college and compete there is a real blessing."
On Sunday, the Vols picked up a commitment from ESPN Watch List defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. from Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb. Kelly's father was a standout defensive back for Tennessee in the early '90s.
With the help the younger Kelly, whose decision Nieko said was a small factor in his own choice, Nieko feels Tennessee can get back relevance in the SEC.
"I think we're trying to build Tennessee back to the way it was," he said. "I know we're going to work hard to get Tennessee back to the top tier of the SEC."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Creamer had several other scholarship offers, most notably from Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia. However, he had long shown strong interest in Tennessee. He was expected to announce his Tennessee commitment on Feb. 7 but postponed that announcement to be sure of his choice.
"I was just ready to be a Vol," said Creamer, who turned 18 earlier this month. "I've been feeling like a young man. Today is the day."