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In a remarkable offseason transformation, Mountain House senior defensive lineman is making more than a name for himself.
Childress was 330 pounds as a junior. He clocked in at 6.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
But Childress came back determined, and his work during these past few months has him on radars everywhere.
“I’ve grown a lot,” Childress said. “Lost a couple of pounds. Put on a little bit more muscle, but I know I can do a lot more. But the offseason has gone a lot better than I expected it to.”
Last month, Childress slimmed down to 285 pounds. His 40 time increased by nearly 1.5 seconds, going all the way down to 5.3 seconds at the Xclusive Speed Top 100 Showcase in San Ramon on July 18.
He’s simply been everywhere, working his way to every Grindmode Elite Sports workout and every camp he can attend, from Nevada to Los Angeles and back to the Bay Area, driving with his mother every which way to help make his dreams of getting to the next level come true.
“She’s a really big influence for me,” Childress said. “She’s always wanted me to go to college. She’s the one that really wanted me to play football, so everything I do is mainly for her.”
Yet football was not always his first sport, as he just started on the gridiron as a sophomore.
“Everybody always told me I’m a big kid,” Childress said. “I always used to be a basketball player. And so I was like may as well give it a try, and I tried it. The rest is history.”
The rest would become history.
Not long into his football career, Childress developed into a sensational player. His junior campaign included 40 tackles – the most among returning players on the roster – and 2.5 sacks in 10 games.
In this offseason alone, including competing in wrestling, Childress has continued the upward climb into a household name. Not only is he making long trips to put in the extra time, but he is being recognized at camps and putting his and Mountain House’s name more on the high school football scene by the day.
At the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase, Childress ripped his shirt up and was named the Defensive Line MVP over some of the region’s top players.
“The honor meant a lot because to be honest I didn’t think I could do that well out there because this is my first year playing d-line officially,” Childress said. “So when I went out there and I won MVP, I was like, ‘Okay, maybe I can really play this position.’ And it showed me how much I’ve actually been working this offseason and how much I’ve been putting in. I feel like it could help a lot more, but I feel like I can do a lot more myself to get put on the map and stuff.”
Childress is now in the 247Sports database, becoming the first-ever recruit from Mountain House – a school that opened in 2014. 247Sports tabs him as a two-star recruit and the No. 403 player in California for the 2021 class.
There is far more that Childress wants to accomplish, though, including further boosting Mountain House’s profile as a top-notch school in the state along with continuing to boost his own profile.
“It means a lot,” Childress said. “Just shows that I’ve been working really hard. But there’s always more to be done, and I know there’s somebody out there outworking me. Just got to feel like I’m the best when I play and work like I’m the second best.”
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