JUCO Defensive Tackle Plans to Visit

It's no secret that Alabama coaches are searching far and wide for junior college defensive tackles. Several prospects have been identified by the staff as possibilities for immediate help in the 2002 season. <i>BamaMag.com</i> has already profiled defensive tackle Demarcus Johnson from the Mississippi junior college ranks. The second junior college defensive tackle profile is from the Kansas junior college system.

Ahmad Childress, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, played his prep career at Whites Creek High School in Nashville, Tennessee. A former Alabama assistant coach gave Childress some helpful advice and the gesture has left the Crimson Tide in good standing with him.

"Coach (Ivy) Williams recruited me when I was in high school," said Childress. "He said I could go to junior college and still make it to the Division 1-A level. I have felt comfortable with Alabama since I was in high school and the new staff has made me feel comfortable with them, too."

Childress redshirted his first season at Garden City Community College and the decision will leave him with three years of eligibility. This season, Childress has recorded 55 tackles, nine quarterback hurries, five sacks, and two fumble recoveries while helping his team to an 8-2 record. His production has already landed him three firm scholarship offers and interest from other programs.

"I have offers from South Carolina, Houston, and Iowa State," said Childress. "I'm also getting phone calls from Michigan State and Arkansas. I've already set a visit to South Carolina for January 23rd and I'm going to set a visit to Alabama in January, too."

Childress knows a pair of mid-state performers from his home state of Tennessee on the Alabama football team. He competed against both Santonio Beard (Pearl Cohn) and Donnie Lowe (Lavergne) on the prep level. Additionally, Childress could see another familiar face if the recruiting trail leads him to Tuscaloosa.

"Derrick Pope is my friend and teammate," said Childress. "We both want to go to Alabama together."

Crimson Ticket Extra: Sources indicate that Childress is a strong possibility to receive a firm scholarship offer. Childress is expected to graduate in June but the fall semester grades will provide a clearer picture.


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