Trieu: Spartans hope to sparkle for Georgia CB Trey Creamer
Cornerback is a key position on Michigan State’s recruiting board. The Spartans have one committed in Josiah Scott, who already has four interceptions in three games, and there are several others who are uncommitted and are being pursued.
One of those is Trey Creamer from Cartersville (Ga.), which is northeast of Atlanta and just over two hours from Dry Branch, where the Spartans once found a cornerback named Darqueze Dennard. Unlike Dennard, who was under the recruiting radar, Creamer has an ever-expanding offer list, but has the field narrowed to a few schools.
He had his first official visit with Tulane last weekend and will visit Minnesota, Maryland and potentially Purdue in the next month.
His official visit to East Lansing will be next weekend when the Spartans host Wisconsin, which will be his first time on campus, but he has been in regular contact with the staff and defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett recently came by the school. That has helped Creamer build familiarity with MSU ahead of his visit.
“It’s a big football school and one of the best home environments, I was told,” Creamer said to Scout’s Chad Simmons. “It’s a big academic school as well. The players get after it on and off the field and rally around each other. When (Coach Barnett) came in last week, it really gave me the feel for him and how he felt about the schools, and I can’t wait to be on campus next week.”
Creamer helped his team win a state title as a junior, largely with his production as a running back. But the athleticism he has shown on the offensive side of the ball is just a part of the skill set that makes him an enticing projection to cornerback.
“He is a star on the offensive side of the ball in high school while locking down one side of the field on defense too,” Simmons says. “On the next level he will be a cornerback. He has the highest ceiling there. He has a great frame and length coaches look for in a prospect at this position. He is quicker than some expect and he has very good recovery speed. He is a smart defensive back who can make plays and he is only going to get better.”
Creamer will make his commitment on Oct. 15.
“I’m looking for a home environment, the same connection I have with my friends and family here, getting better as a young man and a football player,” he said.
Next weekend, Michigan State will have the opportunity to show him they are the place for that.
Four-star Ohio cornerback commits to MSU
Pickerington (Ohio) Central junior cornerback Xavier Henderson committed to Michigan State recently over offers from Boston College, Kentucky and Ole Miss. A 6-foot-0, 175-pound prospect, Henderson is described as having “great size and athletic ability” by Spartan Digest’s Dave Berk.
"Once I visited there a few times I really liked the atmosphere and the coaching staff," Henderson said. "The coaches seem like a family, and I have a great relationship with Harlon Barnett."
He is the Spartans’ first commitment of the 2018 class.
Emerging in-state running back to visit
Davison (Mich.) junior running back Tariq Reid is one of the state leaders in rushing yards with 661 yards in three games and 13 total touchdowns. A transfer from Burton Atherton, Reid’s production along with his size (6-0, 220 pounds) have schools quickly making contact to find out more. Michigan State is one of them.
His head coach Kyle Zimmerman reports that the Spartans reached out to Reid and invited him to the Sept. 24 home game against Wisconsin, which he will attend. He will also visit Miami (Ohio) and Ohio State in the coming weeks.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.