Childress Gearing up for Junior Year

Grant Childress has two years remaining in high school, but the wide receiver from Grace Community School in Tyler is already making plenty of noise on the recruiting scene. Find out why.

Grace Community School will attempt to get the ball into WR Grant Childress' hands as much as possible this year and with good reason. The Class of 2012 receiver is lightning fast, running blazing times in the 40-yard dash and shuttle at several camps and combines.

Most recently, Childress turned in the second-fastest time in the 40 (4.56) at an Under Armour combine. He's consistently reached the 35-inch mark in the vertical leap and the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder clocked a smoking 3.99 shuttle at a combine held in Granbury this spring.

Childress was among the most impressive performers at SMU's satellite camp held in Kilgore and the junior likes the Mustangs' style of offense.

"I want to go to a school that passes a lot," said Childress. "A school that runs the same kind of offense that we run. SMU does that. I plan on talking to their coaches more and I'm planning on going to some SMU games this year with my dad."

In 2009, Childress was the second-leading receiver on a 7-4 team. His biggest outing (seven receptions, 127 yards, 26.71 yards per catch) came in a playoff game vs. Liberty Christian.

"My first catch in that game went deep for about 75 yards. I also got a lot of yards on bubble screens. We also ran a trick play - where I ran a smash route - that went for a lot of yards.

"We have 19 seniors back and five players that go both ways. Our quarterback returns too. We play some public schools in non-district, including Mineola and Shelbyville. Mineola will be good and Shelbyville has some talent. Dallas Christian is another big game for us. They're a powerhouse."

Grace yielded more than 30 points in four games last year and Childress says that the Cougars need to improve on that side of the ball.

"Defense has always been our weakness," he said. "We need to step it up on defense this year and I'll be at strong safety."

Childress picked off five passes in 2009 and also ran for 184 yards on 24 carries (7.67 yards per carry) with two TDs.

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