Garner 'Idol' talks college plans, tour

Posted January 16, 2012

— Scotty McCreery might be the reigning "American Idol" but he is still trying to be a regular teenager. Recently, he went to the Lowes Foods and remembered his former job of bagging groceries. 

"I do the self-checkout, so I can see if I still got it," McCreery said. 

The 18-year-old senior at Garner Magnet High School is also thinking about college. He has applied to Belmont University in Nashville, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., North Carolina State University and East Carolina University. 

"We might be applying to a couple more," he said. "We're just waiting to hear back. Haven't heard anything back from any of them yet." 

McCreery said he is enjoying balancing his time between music and school.

"It's kind of back and forth – on the road and back at school and back home," he said. "But it's fun for me." 

McCreery was able to meld his two worlds together a few months ago when he filmed his music video "The Trouble with Girls" at Garner Magnet High. The clip featured cameos by his friends and classmates. 

"They were loving it. You should have been at school the next day hearing them all in the hallways talking about how they were in the video and which scene they were in," he said. "They enjoyed the brief little glimpse into what my life is like. They were all (saying) 'You have to go through this every day?' I'm like, 'Yeah.'" 

During the holidays, McCreery tried to find some anonymity. He participated in Operation Christmas Child, a trip sponsored by Samaritan's Purse to bring gifts to children in the Dominican Republic. 

"That was an incredible moment for me that I will never forget," he said. "Just being able to give them the box of gifts and see them when they opened it and their faces light up." 

Scotty McCreery 'Idol' talks college

McCreery said it was great to be able to share the moments with the children and not have them identify him as the "American Idol." 

"They didn't know me, which is kind of good. I didn't want them to. I just wanted to be there and be under the radar," he said. 

Now, McCreery is on the road with country superstar Brad Paisley mostly in the northwest. 

"Anywhere it's cold, that's where we're going to be" he said.

When McCreery is done touring in March, he hopes to be back pitching with the Garner Magnet High baseball team.

"I'm just looking forward to getting back out there and being on the mound. I don't know how much I've got left in the ol' arm. I've been away from it for awhile, but I'm going to give it my best," he said. 

McCreery even made a New Year's resolution to get in shape. 

"Today, I actually went to Bojangles and instead of getting fried chicken, I got grilled chicken," he said. "I'm telling you. I'm making a step." 


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  • myrtlebeachrock Jan 19, 2012

    This guy wants to be a pirate. All those pretty ECU girls, this would have a blast there. He would win all the karaoke contest in Greenville for sure.

  • Pseudonym Jan 17, 2012

    I don't understand why his parents are INSISTING on college. College is NOT a cure-all. There are MANY people who have masters degrees unemployed and in foreclosure because they believed the hype about a college degree. It is NOT a guarantee of future success.

    Follow your dream, Scotty. I think even after a few years in the music business, if something happens to your voice, you will have no trouble paying cash for any college education you wish.

    For the record, I have a Bachelors in business.

  • pmincey Jan 17, 2012


  • HappyGirl08 Jan 17, 2012

    Well good luck with all that.

  • bakerbillwade Jan 17, 2012

    cantbtaught....very negative. Not sure why you would be so destructive in your comments. Momma always said, if you can't say something nice do not say anything at all.....

  • dollibug Jan 17, 2012

    Sounds like Scotty is on the RIGHT TRACK...with both MUSIC AND EDUCATION....You make us really PROUD....hang in there...and good luck....

  • mmjo65 Jan 17, 2012

    cantbtaught.....really, why such negativity? This young man is the type of "Idol" that our young people should look up to. I certainly believe that he will have more than your quoted "15 minutes of fame". I feel for certainly you/we will be seeing and hearing a lot more from Scotty!
    Keep up the excellent work Scotty! Keep up the outstanding character, morals and values. You are a true idol! Thanks for maintaining who you are. It is very appreciated!

  • hopespring Jan 17, 2012

    A real American Idol!!!

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jan 17, 2012

    Good job showing his younger fans to finish school, and go further. I'm glad he has not let the fame go to his head.

  • farm Jan 17, 2012

    "Its about time for his 15 minutes to be up. Go to Juno State Univ. in Alaska! That way we can be done with you!!"

    So its up to you how much fame someone can have? You go to Juno.