Nebraska Standing out for JUCO Outside Linebacker Celestin Haba
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3-Star WR Childress Shares Something in Common with OC Walters

March 22, 2018

It is well-documented that Nebraska, like many schools around the country would like to tap into the talent at Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, Missouri. The Huskers have been cultivating relationships at the school going back multiple years with varying degrees of success.

One prospect from the school that is high on Nebraska, is 3-star wide receiver (HV Rating: 83.3) Bryce Childress‍. On Wednesday, the two-way standout released his top seven schools on Twitter.

I spoke with Childress last night and he tells me that those schools are doing the best job of staying in touch with him and keeping track of what he is up to. When I asked him how long he’s been in contact with the new coaches at Nebraska, he offered this.

“Since they got there really. I think about a month after they got hired, when they got settled in, they came down to St Louis. Then coach Troy Walters offered me a scholarship. He sees me playing in the Big Ten for the Big Red.”

Childress’ size (5-9, 155) comes up a lot when talking about his recruitment. Some schools will naturally shy away from a prospect that size but he says he knows how to overcome that.

“My route running is the best in the state," Childress said. "Being 5-9, not being 6-feet, I have to use my separation and my routes. I create a lot of space. Some colleges think I’m too small, so I want to keep continuing to prove to everybody that I can play like I’m 6-3, like I’m really 5-9 but I’m 6-3 mentally. He (Walters) told me that he is this size and he did some great things in college and in the NFL.”

In talking to Childress, it definitely comes through that he has a hunger and a chip on his shoulder to prove people wrong. Multiple coaches on staff have mentioned their comfort with taking smaller players if they have heart and work ethic, so you can see why he could be a match for Nebraska. As for spring visits, he is still figuring that out.

“I’m in the process right now of discussing with my family about going up there for the spring game," Childress said. "I’m trying to see about that. I’ve been up to Nebraska already before. I was at the Friday Night Lights camp last year with the last staff. I got to see the facilities and everything is nice up there. I love Lincoln.”

When it comes to a decision timeline, Childress has some ideas. He knows that 2019 classes could fill up at his desired schools, but there is also a special day this summer he could be looking at.  

“My thought process is I want to be one of those guys who start the class off," he said. "I’m still thinking if I want to commit on my birthday this summer on June 2 or wait until signing day. Some of my top schools might take other guys so I’m in the process of thinking if I want to commit on my birthday or go to signing day.”

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