Five months ago, Cartersville High class of 2017 running back and cornerback Trey Creamer did not have any scholarship offers.
However, since he was first offered Jan. 7 by Wake Forest, Creamer has received 22 offers, and on Thursday, he released a list of his top nine schools.
The list included, in order, Georgia Southern, Wake Forest, Purdue, Tulane, Maryland, Minnesota, Cincinnati and West Virginia and Colorado State were tied in the eighth spot.
“I just believed that it was time to get out the top schools I was really interested in,” Creamer said of the timing of his list. “Many of the visits I will be taking over the course of the summer will be on that list.”
Creamer said he will be returning to Georgia Southern “very soon” and has a second visit to Wake Forest scheduled for June 3. He also is planning on visiting Purdue and Tulane over the summer.
Over the last year, Creamer has gone from a little recruited sophomore substitute on both offense and defense for Cartersville to a two-way standout, all-region and all-county state champ, with several power-five conference schools in pursuit.
“Honestly, I did not imagine having 22 offers going into my senior year,” Creamer said of how his recruitment has taken off. “It’s really a blessing. Getting my first one was an honor. I didn’t expect them to keep rolling in like this, but I’m real humble with it. I’m very thankful that schools are giving me an opportunity and they’re looking at me as a student-athlete.”
Every athlete wonders what it would be like to receive interest from major college programs. While Creamer was watching teammates Miller Forristall and Trevor Lawrence garner multiple scholarship offers, he too was wondering what it would be like to go through the recruiting process.
“It’s eye-opening,” Creamer said of the recruiting world. “We had a student-athlete at our school [Lawrence], and he always had offers rolling in. I was like, ‘Man, I wonder how that feels like?’ I would say, ‘How would I handle that if that was to happen to me?’ Now I see the things he’s went through with offers coming in. I’m just taking it all in. I’m just trying to understand the process. I’m still learning. I’m not trying to have a big head about anything. I’m still trying to stay humble. I’m just really thankful.”
The turn of events that have seen Creamer become highly sought after by college football programs is about more than just football. He sees the attention as a way to lay the groundwork for his future.
“Growing up, I didn’t always have the best things. My mom has always been there for me. And knowing that I get to have a free education at the next level, she’s very proud of me,” he said. “She knows I’ve worked hard to try to get everything. Nothing’s ever given to you. You have to go out and take it. I’ve basically grasped that concept and I’ve had to earn everything I wanted.”
The top school on Creamer’s list is Georgia Southern, which is appealing for a running back to have an offer from the school that led the nation in rushing last season, averaging 363 yards on the ground per game.
“I like how all the coaches would contact me and make sure I’m happy family-wise. It’s just a big family atmosphere,” Creamer said of why Georgia Southern topped his initial list. “I like how they run the ball. They led the nation last year in rushing. I could come in as a running back and help out and I could be that next running back to hold a record.”
Creamer said he is being recruited as an athlete by most of the schools on his list and not specifically as a cornerback or running back.
“Georgia Southern offered me for running back. Wake Forest offered me for cornerback and running back. Purdue wants me at running back. Minnesota wants me at running back. Cincinnati said I could play either side of the ball,” Creamer said. “A few schools want me as an athlete and not just one specific side.”
The last 10 days have been some of the most eventful for Creamer during the recruiting process. He received an offer from the Big 10’s Minnesota May 11 and Purdue on Monday. He then received an ACC scholarship offer from Maryland Tuesday.
“I would have to say Maryland and Minnesota [have been the biggest surprise offers]. I hadn’t talked to those schools on a continuos rate,” Creamer said. “They came to the school, saw me work out, and they just loved how I worked out. They loved my personality. Maryland loved my film. And, with Purdue, I would always watch them on Saturday nights. I would always get letters to see their football games, but I would never make it. But, now, I will definitely be making it to a few games this coming season.”
On Creamer’s list were schools located up north from Colorado State to Minnesota, all the way down to Georgia Southern.
“I’ve talked it over with my parents and they wouldn’t mind me going somewhere a little distance-wise,” Creamer said. “They’re really accepting wherever I’m happy going. I basically have their full support.”
While the offers are still accumulating, Creamer feels confident he can find the right fit out of the schools that have already offered him.
“There would be schools that I actually have looked for, but I’m just thankful that any one could want me as a student-athlete at their school,” he said. “So I’m not really picky. I’m not trying to throw myself out there like, ‘Hey, I want you to offer me.’ I’m really just focusing on school and getting into the summer with my boys. I’m not too focused on offers. I’m just focused on getting better.”
Creamer also has been working hard to try and help the Canes repeat as state champs.
“I’ve been working on gaining weight. I’ve been working on getting stronger and getting faster. That’s really helping me out,” he said. “I’m focusing on my grades as well. I’m trying to get my GPA up pretty high so I don’t have to worry about that. And I’m just focused on me and my brothers winning another state title.”
Creamer is coming off of qualifying for the state meet in track and field in the long jump. After hamstring injuries derailed his sophomore season on the track, he was happy to be back and healthy this year.
“It was actually a great experience,” he said of the track season. “There were certain times where I feel I didn’t give my absolute best. I could have done more. But it was a learning experience and I got better. But I have a whole nother year of high school track. And I will be participating in high school track next year. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to win state in the long jump.
“I was missing it a lot actually. I remember going through football practice thinking about track. I know that’s kind of bad to be thinking about track while football was going on. But I was missing it, knowing I pulled my hamstrings twice, it didn’t help out. Coming into my junior year, I had the mindset of that I was going to come in and work hard to try to get back to where I could have been my sophomore year.”