Childress Hearing From Several

2012 WR Grant Childress from Grace Community School in Tyler burst onto the scene several months ago with impressive performances at a number of camps and combines, including SMU's satellite camp in Kilgore. How did Childress fare during his junior year and which college programs are flooding his mailbox with letters?

"He averaged 100 yards per game receiving and caught 10 touchdown passes," said Randy Childress of his son, 2012 wide receiver Grant Childress (Grace Community). "Grant missed the first two games with a bruised back, but once he returned, he played well.

"He caught 39 passes for 856 yards and also rushed for four TDs. He also returned a kick for a touchdown. He's getting mail weekly from SMU, UCLA, Nebraska, Houston, and Stephen F. Austin, and he's heard from several other schools."

What does the Childress family think about SMU?

"I think they've done an outstanding job," Childress said. "We went to the SMU/TCU game and I thought the Mustangs had a great showing. June Jones has done an unbelievable job there, and they run the type of offense that Grant really likes; they throw the ball a lot.

"SMU plays in a smaller conference (than the BCS schools), but Grant wants to go where he can play - where he's wanted."

Grace went 9-2 this fall, losing by seven points in the regular season to TAPPS Division II champ Parish Episcopal (and four-star Arizona commit Rob Hankins), and dropping a 44-38 decision to Fort Worth Christian in the opening-round of the playoffs.

Fort Worth Christian eventually reached the Division II title game, where the Cardinals lost to Parish Episcopal.

"Grace has only been playing football for five years, and the kids were really disappointed at getting beat in the first-round," said Childress. "They lose 18 seniors from this team, and we thought this was their year. We felt that Fort Worth Christian was the toughest opponent on our side of the bracket, and we would have breezed to the finals if we would have won that game."

With so many seniors departing, next year should be a huge statistical season for Childress, who had exceptional outings this fall vs. Mineola (5 catches, 179 yards, 35.8 ypc, 2 TDs) and Parish Episcopal (8-137, 17.3, 2 TDs).

-Josh Harvey-

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