Childs Commits To Bruins

On a day UCLA got a commitment from quarterback Ben Olson, they get another from one of the most productive receivers in Southern California history in Los Alamitos (Calif.) High's <b>Jeremy Childs</b>...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) High receiver Jeremy Childs (6-1, 180) made the decision many expected back at the beginning of the season, committing finally, to UCLA.

"I was going to commit back in September, but wanted some time to talk it over with my family. I took my trip this weekend and just felt like now was the time to decide. I called Coach (Don) Johnson today and left him a message that I'm going to be a Bruin, and I'm going to call Coach (Karl) Dorrell tonight and let him know too. I know they're busy in Vegas (preparing for the Las Vegas Bowl) right now," said Childs.

On the heels of his official visit, Childs said everything about the trip made it clear to him that UCLA was his best option.

"I mean, I always wanted to go there and now that I've made my decision, I'm very relieved. A lot of schools wanted me, but they backed off because they knew I was going to UCLA, even though I hadn't committed yet. But I know that's where I was going to end up."

Childs was hosted by Marcus Everett on his trip, and said both Everett and the other recruits he met made the trip a great experience.

"Marcus was a wonderful host. I had a good time hanging out with him. I met the other receivers coming in, Gavin Ketchum, Jamil Turner and hung out with Aaron Ware, Charles Brown and Osaar Rasshan. Osaar told me he is still coming, and we're both trying to get Charles to come here with us."

Interestingly enough, it was Childs first visit to the campus he grew up just down the 405 from.

"Man, the campus was better than I expected. It was beautiful, with the athletics being right there in the middle. They took us to the basketball game and it was intense there. I was getting nervous watching the game. It was just a great atmosphere and got me excited about coming here."

Childs said the decision of quarterback Ben Olson wasn't the make-or-break part of his choice, but it sure didn't hurt.

"When you get a tremendous quarterback like that, it can only help. I was going to come to UCLA anyway, but having Ben come makes it great for a receiver. You cant wait to get out there and catch the ball from him. It may take him some time to get his rhythm but he is a real good QB and we're going to be a really good team to watch now," said Childs.

When Childs was asked what made the weekend the right time to decide he said "I just wanted to see how I fit in with the players and coaches, but more so that I could see the academic side of it. I talked with the administrators and some professors and they said UCLA was an excellent choice academically. My mom is very excited too, because she can come see all my games now and not have to fly as much. She knows I'm going to get a great education.

Though the season didn't end how Childs was hoping, Los Alamitos lost to Long Beach Poly in the CIF Division I Finals, he had a monster season, with over 80 catches for 1100 yards and 19 touchdowns.

More remarkably, he also broke the Orange County career reception record.

"Breaking the record was cool. I had over 200 and something catches. But losing still bites at me. I'm going to let that drive me until I win another championship."

Childs will suit up at least one more time as a prep, heading down to Miami late next weekend for the CaliFlorida Bowl.

"We got a lot of future Bruins going down there, like Gavin and Aaron. We're going to represent for UCLA down there. Its going to be fun.

Childs holds a 3.0 GPA and is waiting for his SAT score, which he took on December 4. weekend for the CaliFlorida Bowl.

Currently, he'll have to be closer to academically qualified before UCLA accepts his verbal commitment.


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