What a difference a weekend makes.
Last Friday, when the name “Malcolm Creer” was brought up as a potential addition to Nebraska’s current recruiting class, eyebrows raised. Not because of lack of size, speed or ability, but just why no one had heard of or seen this young man before now.
Malcolm has only been playing football for three years and all of them at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, California. He finally cemented the starting spot as a junior, but saw limited carries. His team would post a 1-9 record and would undergo a coaching change soon thereafter.
The incoming coach, seeing Creer’s talents, switched the Palisades offense to the traditional wishbone offense with Malcolm as the lead back. 120 carries, a total of 1,270 yards and 19 touchdowns were the result.
Creer also served as a defensive back for Palisades recording 40 tackles and three interceptions. One was taken for a city-record long 108 yards this past season. He also returned kicks, one 86 yards and another 96 yards.
Apparently Malcolm is no fan of the sidelines.
Things are starting to heat up since the initial reports on the 5’11”, 200lbs back.
“Big time schools are calling. My name’s actually out there and coming from a school that’s unknown. I think it’s a really exciting experience to have,” said Creer.
Indeed, Creer’s lone offer from Idaho State may gain company soon as just Friday, the University of Colorado called to express interest along with Washington, Nebraska, Washington State, Houston, SMU and Bowling Green.
Recently, Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders stopped by to chat with Malcolm. “He asked where I came from, what my family’s like, what I do in my spare time and about my favorite subjects. He was very surprised about my build.”
With the athleticism that Creer displayed as a cornerback, one has to think Sanders is drooling over the prospect of having Malcolm in his backfield. Nebraska Running backs coach Tim Beck may have a word with him back in Lincoln.
When asked about playing his final season at Palisades, Creer commented, “It was very fun to help change a program that was 1-9 into one that went to the semifinals. Along with breaking records, it was a good experience.”
Creer spent the year working on his footwork and leadership skills, applying lessons and succeeding due to his diligent sacrifice the off-season before. In practice, Malcolm made sure everyone was on the same page. “I helped teammates understand plays. I broke it down for them, saying ‘you have to do this with your foot.’”
Is it any surprise that Malcolm wants to pursue a career in education following football?
Creer’s not afraid to of high expectations. In fact, it seems that he thrives under pressure. “I told my coach at the beginning of the year that I’m going to take my team to the semifinals and beyond. I wanted to get over 1,000 yards and I think did very well,” he said.
Competition, much like contact, is something that Malcolm doesn’t shy away from. “I can compete with anybody at any level. Doesn’t matter who you are, a big time running back, I’ll outwork you and I will succeed.”
Creer wants to make sure that not only Palisades football excels, but those in his community as well. “I work in a program with other teammates called Team Prime Time. I work as a counselor playing sports with disabled kids. We shine the spotlight on them and encourage them to work harder,” Malcolm said.
Without a certain person’s encouragement, Creer might not be the player he is today.
“My brother started playing football his senior year. He said it was really fun, so I gave it a shot.” Malcolm’s brother has been one of his guiding hands as he continues to improve his game one day at a time and attributes much of his successes to B2GSports.
Creer’s “pay it forward” attitude bleeds into his eventual verbal commitment. Malcolm is looking for, “A program that will help me succeed as a man help define my future. I want them to push me and show support.”
Creer will be visiting Nebraska on January 21st, and Washington the weekend after.
While colleges and recruiting analysts are rushing all over the country to find out more about this young man, Nebraska’s Marvin Sanders has one thing that no one else does with Malcolm: A date on the basketball court.
“He said he was gonna beat me one on one,” Creer laughed.
If Malcolm’s overall athleticism is any indication, bring your big bottle of Gatorade, coach.
You’re gonna need it.
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