June 9, 2009
North Carolina duo impressed by Ole Miss
There are several constants this week at Ole Miss' Houston Nutt Football Camp.
Chris Vaughn is urging cornerbacks or all ages, shapes and sizes to compete and "get the ball! Oh, get the ball!" Ron Dickerson is turning every drill into a competition, Nutt's going nowhere without his customary straw hat and every time you turn around, high school teammates Anthony Creecy and A.J. Marshall are watching and _ more importantly to Ole Miss _ smiling.
The Durham (Southern Durham), N.C., prospects have been on campus since Sunday, working out in front of the Rebels' coaches and getting a feel for the Ole Miss campus and Oxford. From all accounts, the three days in north Mississippi have boosted Ole Miss' chances for their signatures dramatically.
"I really enjoy Ole Miss," Marshall said Monday afternoon. "The coaches are showing a lot of love. We got a personal tour, me and (Creecy), this morning. We got to see the academic facilities and the campus and everything, and I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far.
"They really have moved up in my mind, personally, because of their coaches. Coach Nutt shows a lot of love and gratitude towards his players, his personnel and his coaches. I know after football, he also shows them love and keeps them in mind. The coaching staff is very welcoming. They've welcomed us with open arms and showed us a lot of love."
Creecy, a 6-foot, 196-pound wide receiver, is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com. Marshall, a 5-11, 170-pound, is a three-star prospect ranked as the No. 24 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com.
"It's going real well," Creecy said. "We're getting a lot of love. What really impressed me is their new state-of-the-art learning center, the FedEx building. That really impressed me, and I know they're strong on education. You just have to want to fail if you don't want to graduate from here."
Creecy said he's also had a chance to have extensive conversations with Ole Miss coaches about how the Rebels would use him if he elects to wear red and blue in college.
"They want to use me just like they used Darren McFadden (at Arkansas) and Dexter McCluster (at Ole Miss)," Creecy said. "They want me to do the wildcat offense. They want me to run it, catch it and do a whole lot with the ball. They really just want me to come in and play football. They want to use me all over the field."
Neither player lists Ole Miss in his top three at this point, though both indicated that could change soon.
Marshall lists Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech as his top three. Creecy lists North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest at the top.
"I think once I talk about it with my dad, they're going to move up on the depth chart," Creecy said. "This is just such a good school. The facilities are top-notch, so I could really see myself being at Ole Miss."
"They just need to keep showing me love and keep treating me like they have," Marshall said. "They don't have to change anything, really. I just want to see how a lot of these seasons go and see how they produce this year and see how many people they put in the NFL this year. I saw that with the draft. Ole Miss is good about putting people in the league."
Both prospects are going to go to South Carolina's camp on Thursday, participate in a seven-on-seven camp at East Carolina on Saturday and Tennessee next week. Neither player indicated an imminent decision.
"I think it's going to go awhile, because if I make one of those big (postseason all-star games) like the UnderArmour or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, I think I'm going to want to make my decision on national television," Creecy said.
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