KNOXVILLE – The 2014 commitments keep rolling in for coach Butch Jones and the Volunteers.
Neiko Creamer, a 6-4, 220-pound wide receiver from Bear, Del., became the third commitment in the last three days for Tennessee on Monday. He joins safety Todd Kelly Jr. and offensive lineman Coleman Thomas as the newest pledges.
“Volnation it is official I am now commited [sic] to the University of Tennessee!!!! Go vols #VFL,” Creamer tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Like Kelly, Creamer is a Vol legacy. His father, Andre Creamer, played defensive back for the Vols from 1984-87. The younger Creamer has long favored the Vols in his recruitment, but waited until Monday to make it official despite visiting campus in early February.
Creamer chose the Vols over early offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia, Temple and Boston College. He is the fourth commitment in the 2014 class and the first wide receiver to join the class.
ESPN.com: NR yet
Rivals.com: NR yet
Scout.com: 3-star; 74th best receiver in the nation
247Sports.com: 3-star, 90th best receiver in the nation
247Sports.com Composite: 3-star, 106th best receiver in the nation
How he fits: Tennessee has stocked up on receivers in the past two recruiting classes, signing nine total in the last two cycles. That means the position won’t be a huge emphasis in 2014, but adding to the depth of a young unit that will be replacing a huge amount of production from 2012 is still important.
Though listed as a wide receiver by all the major recruiting services, Creamer’s size does give the Vols some position flexibility. He could easily grow into a tight end or even could get a look on defense with his massive frame. If the Vols are satisfied with his potential as a wide receiver, they might only take one or two more in the entire class to leave room for additional running backs, offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga