At the current rate, Illinois may offer the entire football team from Trinity Catholic High School.
Bryce Childress is the 10th player currently on Trinity's roster to receive an offer from the Illini.
“It was pretty good,” Childress told Illini Inquirer. “I have a good relationship with Illinois. Last football season, they always were coming to my school and I was talking with Coach (Garrick) McGee, so it was a pretty good feeling.”
Illinois has handed out the most offers at Trinity Catholic, but they aren’t alone. Kansas State has offered eight players on the roster and 13 total players hold scholarship offers from schools.
“It’s interesting,” Childress said. “They offered 10 of us and they see something in all of us and they obviously really like us. They think we all can fit with what they’re trying to do.”
Childress is a Class of 2019 prospect and racked up 27 receptions for 548 yards and seven receiving touchdowns as a sophomore. He also returned a punt for a touchdown. He helped Trinity Catholic win 12 straight games before losing in the Class 2 state championship game to powerhouse Lamar High School.
Syracuse was the first power-five school to offer Childress, but Illinois is the first from the Big Ten. Nebraska, Iowa State and Kentucky all have interest.
“I like Syracuse,” Childress said. “They were the first power-five school to offer me, and coach Kim McCloud (Syracuse’s Wide Receivers coach) came and sat down with me and he said ‘You’re fast. And we want to play fast. I want you.’”
The SEC is widely regarded as the top conference in college football, but even if Kentucky reached out with an offer, the bright lights of the SEC wouldn’t immediately sway Childress.
“To play in the SEC would be a blessing,” Childress said. “But I really don’t care what conference I play in, I just want the coaching staff to be great and I want to have a good relationship with the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. It also needs to be a good academic school as well.”
Although he admitted that he likes a spread offense, Childress isn’t totally opposed to playing in a pro-style offense.
“I like a little bit of spread, but I’m looking for a school that will mix it up a little bit,” Childress said. “I can do a lot of stuff. Like Ohio State – they can spread it out, but they also can run the ball.”
Childress will be at an Illinois camp in June, but there are no immediate plans to make a decision at this stage in the recruiting process.
“Illinois has done a good job, Childress said. “They are always talking to me. If they keep doing what they’re doing, they have a good chance with me.”