Is Childs' Commitment To <br>UCLA Coming?

After spending much of the summer deciding when to make his decision, Los Alamitos (Calif.) receiver <b>Jeremy Childs</b> says an announcement is imminent...

After spending most of the summer stewing over when to make his decision to commit to UCLA, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High receiver Jeremy Childs (6-1, 180) has basically set the time frame for his announcement.

Childs said: "Next week. I mean, I know where I'm going, I just want to do it then. I'm pretty sure it's going to happen. I talked to the staff a couple weeks ago, and Coach (Don) Johnson wanted me to commit right then, but I told him I was going to hold off and he was cool. The staff hasn't put pressure on me because they know I'm coming. They're letting me just decide when to do it."

The commitment from Childs to the Bruins has been expected for some time, since he's had UCLA as his heavy leader for a while. He said earlier this summer that he would decide when Los Alamitos started practice for the fall, which they did last week.

"I just wanted to talk about it some more with the family. But my mom, she wants me to go to UCLA, so I know where I'm going. The coaches have been cool, though. They're like ‘when it happens, it happens.'"

Childs, the #5 receiver in the west, has had a pretty good summer in his mind, spending the majority of it focused on getting the bitter taste out of his mouth from the end of Los Alamitos' season in 2003.

"I've just spent the summer focusing on my last year of football for Los Al. I may not have the high rankings, but rankings are just one person's opinions. That's cool by me, but I'll do what it takes to prove it on the field. If they go by last year, well, I struggled last year, so I can understand. But my sophomore year is the year I want to have again. When everyone was talking about me. To be honest, I think my forty time (4.6) is what is holding me back in the rankings. But I get it done on the field."

The Griffins open up with Santa Barbara (Calif.) Dos Pueblos in Cerritos, and while Childs would like to attend the Bruins season opener at the Rose Bowl, he has some prior engagements that could keep him from there.

"We have films on Saturday morning, so I don't know if I can get there, but I'm going to try."

Childs has been focused on his senior year ever since they were stunned in the CIF Semifinals by Loyola in overtime.

"Man, all offseason we just talked about getting back to the Home Depot Center. Last year, there was a lot of pressure on us. We were #2 in the nation, and then we had some problems, and lost a game here, then lost in the playoffs. This year, we're #12, and people are saying ‘Los Al's finished'. That's fine, keep saying that. We're motivated enough."

Childs will strictly play receiver in college, but is dabbling at a new defensive position this season.

"They moved me to cornerback from safety. I requested it. It gives me a chance to play some defense and know receivers' tendencies. Its been fun. We've had some good practices. I'm real focused in practice. I dropped some balls last year in practice, but this year I haven't dropped any yet. We're real focused this year."

With two years of varsity experience under his belt, Childs is hoping the senior 2004 campaign is memorable.

"We want to win the championship again. I've won it once, but I want to go out my senior year and win it again. I'm just trying to show my leadership through my work ethic. I want to go with what the seniors taught me my sophomore year and show that to the younger guys."

Childs will enter his senior year coming off a junior season that saw him named Second Team All-State underclass pick when he caught 57 passes for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns.


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