NC State getting a playmaker

Hassan Childs recently committed to North Carolina State so lets take a closer look at him as a prospect.

What to Like: Hassan Childs is a flat out playmaker in the secondary at Osceola High in Kissimmee. He finished his junior season with close to 100 tackles and four interceptions while playing mostly safety. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he's one of those kids who has the ability to play cornerback because his hips are loose enough and he can flip them and run with receivers. More than likely, though, he will end up playing free safety. He has good ball skills, enough size for the position, and covers a lot of ground thanks to solid football instincts. He knows the game and plays with a good football IQ. He knows his opponents and what their tendencies are and that, too, helps him make a lot of plays.

What may concern you: He lacks ideal speed and athleticism. He ran a 4.9 at the Nike Camp and is probably a legit 4.75 guy. He doesn't have good short-area quickness either, which further means he will likely end up playing safety (and not cornerback) at the college level. He makes a lot of plays because of his knowledge of the game and his plus size but his speed and athleticism, or lack of, may hurt his upside some once he gets to the college level.

Bottom Line: UCF and Cincinnati were his other BCS offers so Childs was recruited like a low three-star prospect. He's a good football player whose upside would go up if he's able to get faster but he's a quality defensive back and will be a solid addition to the Wolfpack secondary.


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