Childers, a 6-foot-6 215-pound wide receiver from Rock Hill (S.C.), was recommended to Hargrave by North Carolina. The plan is for Childers to get his academics in order and graduate from Hargrave in December and enroll in the school of his choice in January.
Although he currently lacks a Tar Heel scholarship offer, the UNC coaching staff is keeping a close eye on Childers' current situation.
"The last time I talked to [Coach Andre Powell], he was just talking about me going to Hargrave and just staying focused," said Childers. "He was like ‘We are excited about getting you out of Hargrave and you coming to North Carolina.'"
Even before things started to look up for Childers, Powell kept in constant contact.
"I talked to my recruiting coordinator [Powell] [on the phone] at least once a month," said Childers. "He'll text me; I'll send him an email, he'll shoot me back an email; I might just pop up on campus – we stay in contact."
That loyalty has North Carolina in great position with Childers, who is also fielding interest from South Carolina and Tennessee.
"All the coaches there, especially Coach Powell, when things looked down for me and schools were looking me off because my grades weren't doing all right, North Carolina stuck by me," said Childers. "They were the school that recommended me for Hargrave. I just owe them the world. They saved my life, because it could have went down hill from there. I could have went from being a three-star player on Scout.com to a bum on the street, because nobody else wanted to give me another chance."
During his senior year, Childers helped his basketball team win the state championship, while being the go-to-guy on a 9-3 football team. He was named to the all-state team in both sports. Childers recorded 38 catches for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns.