Childs Proof

Warren's Greg Childs (6-4, 195) is one of the state's best wideouts and has been busy proving that this spring and summer with some outstanding efforts.

It's been a pretty busy spring and early summer so far for star Warren wide receiver Greg Childs (6-4, 195, 4.5).

He had tons of coaches drop by his school and several offers handed out, made a couple of unofficial trips to the University of Arkansas for Junior Days, attended Boys State, participated in a team camp at Tulsa and played with the Lumberjacks in the Shootout of the South.

Outside of 7-on-7 action, that's enough for Childs – who is one of three 2008 Warren standouts that the Razorbacks are trying to land

"Right now I am not planning on going to any more individual or team camps this summer," Childs said. "We were going to a team camp at Mississippi State, but it got canceled so I think I'll just slow down and work on getting ready for next season."

Childs, who had 65 catches for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, got an offer from Arkansas back during his junior season.

He has since added numerous others such as Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Minnesota.

"Arkansas, Florida, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Minnesota and Ole Miss are about it for the ones I am looking at right now," Childs said. "I want to go to a school that is in the top 25 and I am probably going to g major in engineering so the school has to have great academics as well."

Warren head coach Bo Hembree says it's his work ethic that lifts Childs up another level.

"His work ethic just overwhelms you," Hembree said. "He is the hardest-working kid that I have ever coached. He has probably got the most upside of any kid that we have at Warren when he comes to the next level."

Childs joins fellow wideout prospect Jarius Wright (5-11, 180, 4.4) and defender Basmine Jones (6-1, 200, 4.5) as Lumberjacks that the Razorbacks would love to sign.

"Arkansas has great facilities, got great coaches and I really like their program," Childs said. "It is certainly a team I am really considering.

"But I really am undecided and just want to give everyone a fair chance and then make a decision," Childs said. "I will take my visits once the season is over."

Childs, Wright, Jones and senior Chris Gragg (6-3, 180) form a talented receiving quartet for Warren sophomore quarterback Hayden Smith to have around.

"It is great for us because the defense doesn't know who the ball is coming to," Childs said. "It could be coming to me, it could be coming to J-Wright, any one of our receivers. They have to watch out for everybody."

Smith is just 14 years old at the moment, but got plenty of reps and has gained the confidence of his team.

"We have a sophomore quarterback who is coming along really well," Childs said. "He got over 700 reps during the Tulsa Camp and I thought that really helped his development."

"We won every little competition that we had there at Tulsa," Childs said. "We got to play against some teams that we don't normally play against and had a good time."

He was paid a high compliment by former Arkansas assistant and current Tulsa one Gus Malzahn.

"Coach Malzahn told that he didn't think Greg would be a guy that played his four years in college," Hembree said. "He thinks he is that good. He is special." Childs said he just takes that in stride.

"I just give God the glory when I hear something like that," Childs said. "If that happens, it happens and I will be blessed, but I don't go in thinking that is going to happen."

What Childs would like to do is not have the state championship game come down to one play as it did last year when Nashville edged Warren 21-20 in overtime.

It was a matchup of two 13-0 teams and kept the Lumberjacks from winning their fourth state title in seven years.

"We want to get back there and leave no doubt this season," Childs said. "That was tough and we want to be the ones celebrating at the end of next season after that final game."

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