K-State's Newest Rush DE ---Eric Childs

The Wildcat coaching staff scoured the country looking for the right blend of speed, size and aggression and found it in Eric Childs. Although the competition for the DE spot will be opened, Eric readily admits he is not sure what the Staff expects in terms of playing time.....yet. Not bad for a guy who thought he may never play D1 football.

K-State incoming freshman Eric Childs likes watching movies.

He doesn't really have a favorite kind of movie. He will watch action, drama, comedies, whatever.

"If it is good, I will watch it," Childs said. The last movie that Childs saw was the Amityville Horror. The movie is a remake of a 1979 film and stars Ryan Reynolds. The plot revolves around a family who is terrorized by demons.

"It was pretty good," Childs said. Childs, though, might feel like he is playing the part in a movie that is anything but a horror film. It might be more like a Walt Disney, dream come true type of flick.

See, Childs never thought he would get the chance to play division one college football until after his junior year of high school football. Then he started being recruited, attended a lot of camps and chose K-state over eight other schools.

"During the summer, we went to a bunch of camps and unofficial visits, it was everything packed into one and felt right for me," Childs said. "I am real pumped up, something I never thought I'd be able to do and now that I am able to do it, it makes me try even harder."

Childs, a 6-3, 210-pound defensive end from Arlington, Texas, said he hasn't been told whether or not he will redshirt this season.

"I haven't found out officially yet, we are to find out when we get up there," Childs said. He was recruited as a defensive end and said he likes rushing the passer.

"I guess my style is more of pass rushing," he said. "I am a little undersized, but I have the speed. I have the technique but I can always learn more." He has kept in close contact with K-State coaches since signing.

"Me and Coach Elliott we have been real close," he said. "We talk all the time and get along real good." Childs will arrive in Manhattan early next month. The MacArthur High School senior will graduate on June 3.

He will leave behind an illustrious high school career and arrive in Manhattan two days later.

In high school, Childs helped MacArthur to a 10-1 record, the 2004 District 6-5A championship. He finished the 2004 season with 68 tackles, had 11 tackles for loss, with four sacks, two pass break ups and a fumble recovery. In high school, Childs ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He gained a lot of speed by running track. In the spring, he ran on the school's 200 and 400 relay teams. The team had a successful season.

"It kind of just evolved for me because of track and all the running I have done," he said. "My speed has increased. It kind of switched over from one to the other." He continues to work on improving his speed and strength. Since signing, he has learned the K-State workout program. Childs said he is running a lot of 300 shuttles. He is doing a lot of bag drills. He had figured out the workout routine that K-State coaches sent him after he signed in early February.

"I am really ready to go," he said. " I am all for trying new stuff." In addition to football, Childs said he plans to study graphic design and minor in business.

"I love to draw and do stuff on the computer," he said.

With the defensive end position being up for grabs, everyone will have an equal opportunity to show the staff what they can do, a fact not lost on Childs. Stay tuned......

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