After learning of the firing of NC State coach Tom O'Brien on Sunday and then speaking with defensive backs coach Mike Reed, who will not be retained, Kissimmee Osceola cornerback Hassan Childs has decided to reopen the recruiting process.
"I talked to the coach who was going to be my position coach ... and since he's not goig to be there either, I've decided to decommit NC State and I'm going to open up my options," Childs said.
His most recent option looks to be Vanderbilt, who reached out to Childs on Facebook just this morning, figuring there might be fallout from the firing. Also in the mix for Childs are Purdue, which also just fired head coach Danny Hope, and USF, Utah State and Penn State.
Childs has not been spending much time with the recruiting process during the season. The Kowboys are still in the state playoffs and will face Lithia Newsome on Friday night in Kissimmee in a Class 8A region final. With two more wins, the undefeated (12-0) Kowboys would earn a trip to the state championship game at the Citrus Bowl.
"Yeah, I've really been focused on watching film and just football," Childs said.
It's been a good year for the 6-foot-1, 180 pounder. He has seven interceptions and is a huge part of a defense that has been the strength of the squad. Osceola allows only eight points a game and has only given up more than two touchdowns once, which was last week's 28-27 region semifinal win over Davenport Ridge.
He has also been used a considerable amount as a receiver on offense this year, although Osceola only throws the ball an average of about six times per game.
"Yeah, they don't use me so much any more unless we need a go-to for like when we need a touchdown or first down or something," Childs said, "or they'll put me in as a decoy sometimes because teams watch film and they know when I'm in the game we are usually going to throw it."