Navy gets commitment from Tennessee speedster

Navy has been very successful in recruiting The Volunteer State. The current roster has close to a dozen Tennessee players on it. The tradition continues on with the recent commitment of Dom Childress, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound running back/slot receiver out of Independence High School in Thompson's Station. spoke with Childress's head coach, Scott Blade.

"Dom Childress is one of our good senior players who is just a really quick, explosive guy on the field," Blade said. "He was runner-up in the state 100 meter dash last school year. He's off to a good start in his senior year. I think he's averaging close to 10 yards-per-carry. We run a spread and he's the primary running back but we'll put him in the slot too. Dom's a speedy guy with a lot of explosiveness. I think he's just going to be a great fit at Navy.

"Last year Coach Ingram began the recruiting process with Dom and got him up to one of their camps this summer which he did very well. Dom knew all along Navy is where he wanted to be. It's always been his first choice. We've had a couple of our guys go to Navy in the past few years. I think Dom looked at that, what navy has to offer in the way of his future, and really wanted to be a part of it. He was invited to several camps this summer but Annapolis was the one he really wanted to go to. When he was offered, it was a no-brainer for him to accept and make the commitment.

"Dom's a great kid who gets involved in the whole school experience. He participates in theater and other school-related activities. He's very well-liked here. I think he fits well into the type of guy Navy recruits. I'll put it this way, he's a better person off-the-field than he is on it."

In the first game of his junior season, Childress suffered a wrist injury which caused him to miss a good portion of the season. Blade says Childress has come back as a senior without ever having missed a beat.

"Well, he's picked up right where he left off," Blade said. "He's just continued to improve and his speed is through the roof. When Dom gets the ball he's always a threat to go the distance. He possesses such quickness with the ball in his hands and can find that second gear plus he as great vision. It's his speed, though, that is his greatest asset. He has some great moves that he uses on people but it's his straight-line speed that really sets him apart as a player."

Through five games in 2014, Childress has 315 yards on 31 carries for a 10.2 yards-per-carry average and two touchdowns. He has the Eagles off to a 4-1 start. Jalen Wade, a sophomore linebacker at Navy, is also a product of Independence High School, located 30 miles south of Nashville. Top Stories