Cox High School senior Brad Creamer verbally committed Saturday morning to play volleyball at George Mason University.
Creamer said he will officially sign the offer sheet on his 18th birthday, at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Cox High library.
The versatile, standout senior captain visited the university on Friday. After watching a team practice, sitting down with Patriots coach Jay Hosack and touring the campus for multiple hours, Creamer felt at home.
“When I got up here, I felt like I belonged at Mason,” Creamer said by phone on his way back from the visit. “I woke up Saturday morning and said I need to be here. The people are the people I want to be around.”
“I’m here to play volleyball and win a national championship, and be successful,” Creamer added. “I felt that Mason, for me, lined up with that the best. I’m really excited to be a Patriot.”
The Falcons senior garnered interest from multiple schools and also received offers from the University of Southern California; the University of California, Irvine; California Baptist and Penn State.
Creamer said his close relationship with his family and love for his home state were the deciding factors in his choice.
“I love the people of Virginia,” he said. “I wanted to be able to play and represent the people and the place that I love.”
Creamer praised his high school coach, Jason Zuidema, and other club volleyball coaches who helped turn him from a former varsity soccer player into a top national volleyball recruit.
Zuidema described Creamer as the ultimate team-first player who has helped create a family-like atmosphere with the Cox program.
“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of him,” Zuidema said of Creamer’s commitment. “He earned it and deserves it. He’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached. He does what you ask him the first time you ask him, then it gets to the point where you don’t even have to ask him, he just knows.”
“He committed himself to the sport and fell in love with it,” Zuidema added. “That’s just a testament to his hard work.”
Creamer entered high school as a freshman starting goalkeeper on the Falcons soccer team. He never played volleyball until two soccer-related concussions forced him to quit the sport.
“The fact that as a freshman I didn’t even play volleyball and as a senior in high school I’m headed to Mason to play D1 volleyball is unbelievable,” Creamer said. “It’s a feeling you can’t describe. I’m excited to spend my next four years competing at a high level.”
Creamer’s high school career isn’t over yet.
The defending champion Falcons will play Grassfield in the 6A state quarterfinals on Wednesday at Cox High School.