2012 WR checks out SMU/TCU

Grant Childress of Grace Community High School is one of the fastest wide receivers in Texas and he's only a junior. Last summer, Childress had a strong showing at SMU football camp and he was in attendance at the Mustangs game vs. TCU last Friday night.

Grace Community of Tyler is 4-0 and the Cougars, led by players such as junior WR/SS Grant Childress, haven't scored fewer than 48 points in a game this season.

Last week, Grace had an open date and Childress and his father, Randy, took the opportunity to make the drive west to Dallas for the SMU/TCU game.

"We were there and it was a better game that I thought it would be," said Randy Childress. "It was a great venue, a cool deal, and Grant was very excited. We're going to try and catch a couple more games there (at SMU)."

Since September 1rst, the younger Childress has received upwards of 30 letters from various college programs around the country, according to his father. Among the schools showing interest are SMU, Houston, TCU, and Nebraska.

Expectations are high this season for Grace, which battles fellow unbeaten Shelbyville this week.

"We're a little school that's in the toughest district in TAPPS," said the elder Childress. "Last year, we went 7-4 and our four losses came to the four schools that were in the TAPPS semifinals.

"This year, we plan on being in the state championship and the likely opponent will be Waco Reicher. The key for us is to stay healthy. We're not really deep.

"Shelbyville has athletes and they've been scoring lots of points, but we should be able to handle them. We run a pure spread offense and throw the ball 80% of the time. Our quarterback has 1,300 yards passing through four games. It's tough to defend us."

Grant had a terrific night in his last outing vs. Mineola (184 yards receiving, including two TD catches; 95-yard kickoff return for a TD; an interception and 16 yards rushing).

"He plays on offense at times," said Childress of his son, "but the coaches have to have him on defense. He plays strong safety and it's a combination defensive back/linebacker position."

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