A secret that big was bound to get out.
Lennon Creer and Darnius Moore confirmed they were committed to play
football for Tennessee at a Thursday morning press conference atTatum
(Texas) High School.
The public announcement wasnt a huge surprise. Before
declining media interviews for weeks, Creer, rated among the top
running backs in the country, said he was enamored with UT. Moore, who
also considered Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Florida, told the News
Sentinel he was committed to UT on Christmas Day.
"I kind of wanted to keep it a secret so when the news reporters
came, everybody wouldnt know yet," said Moore, a 6-foot,
175-pound athlete who could play receiver or defensive back in
Creer said he secretly committed to UT in late October or early
"I committed a while back," he said, "but I wasnt for sure so
I took a visit to make sure it was the right place for me."
Creer took an official visit to Alabama on Tuesday and an official
trip to Oklahoma in October. The Vols first got in the Creer race when
the 6-1, 202-pounder bristled at an ultimatum presented by Texas.
"I thought about Texas but they put a deadline on me," Creer said in
June. "We just kind of both went our separate ways."
Texas almost got back in the hunt. Creer even scheduled an official
visit to the Longhorns in January but canceled it before making the
trip to Austin.
Creer also considered Florida for a short time before the Gators
fell by the wayside.
"Im relieved," Creer said. "I think its the right
decision for me. Im just ready to go to school and go to
Creer and Moore have been friends before preschool and teammates
ever since. Still, the decision to sign with UT wasnt purely
based on that relationship.
"We talked about going to the same college," Moore said, "then it
just came down to Tennessee."
Creer and Moore were primarily recruited by UT receivers coach
Trooper Taylor, whose Texas ties paid dividends. Taylor is from Cuero,
Texas, and played football at Baylor.
"I got to know him really good through this whole process," Creer
said of Taylor. "I feel hell be with me, whatever I need.
Hes more like a friend than a coach. Thats real big."
The commitments puts the Vols two over their limit of 27, but it is
expected some prospects will not qualify academically.