Childress talks Navy commitment

Dom Childress said it didn't take long for him to "fall in love" with the U.S. Naval Academy on a summer trip to Annapolis. The speedy all-purpose back out of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn. had seen two teammates, Jalen Wade and Stephen Satchell, move on to Navy in the past two recruiting cycles.

Childress decided to keep the Independence tradition going with his own verbal declaration last week to Navy's Ashley Ingram.

"Navy came in with the offer on August 28th," Childress told "They started looking at me during the spring when I was doing track stuff. Then I went to the Football on the Water camp this summer. The campus is absolutely amazing. I was hooked from that point on. When I took a tour of the campus and the city, I felt like it fit me perfectly. The structure and discipline of the academy is what I feel like I need. I talked a lot with my parents about and felt like I was making the right decision.

"Jalen Wade is a friend of mine who I ran track with. I haven't really talked to him since he went to Navy. I've talked more with Stephen Satchell who is up at the prep school right now. That's where I'll also be next year. I had been wanting to do the military thing even without football so this works out perfectly for me. I can do both. It's been a goal of mine to become an officer way before I started talking to Navy. I called Coach Ingram and he was telling me how proud he was of my commitment.

"At the camp this summer they said they really were impressed with my speed and thought I'd be a big asset to the team at H-back, A-back, or the pitch-back in the triple option."

Childress was state runner-up in the 100 meter dash as a junior. He also competes in the 200 and the 4x1 and 4x2 relays. At 6-foot, 165-pounds Childress plays running back and slot receiver at Independence and believes his team, off to a 4-1 start, has a good shot at taking a state title this year.

"I'm not trying for any personal goals this year," he said. "It's not about myself, it's about my team. I want my high school career to end with a ring on my finger. I do think we have a great team that can win state. Many people didn't think we'd have four wins right now but we've shown the world that we can do it. Last time I checked my stats I was having a good year with 10.2 yards-per-carry and more than 400 total yards.

"My football schedule is busy but I'm going to try to make it to the Navy-Notre Dame game in November or the Army-Navy game at the end of the season. I'm excited. I can't wait to go. So far I've watched every Navy game. They've looked great."

Independence will face a tough challenge this Friday when visiting Blackman, one of the top teams in the state, journeys to Thompson's Station. Top Stories