Kissimmee Osceola defensive back Hassan Childs committed toN.C. StateSaturday afternoon.
On the eve of July 1, Childs decided that it was time for him to make a decision so he could focus on Osceola’s upcoming season.
So Childs talked over his list of top schools with his mom.
Together, they determined thatN.C. Statewas the best fit for him.
“We talked about it, we prayed about it,” Childs said. “I have a couple friends and family members who thought I should pickN.C. State. A lot of people have been telling me USF but me and my mom thought it’d be best for me to get out of Florida and play somewhere else.”
Without having seen the Raleigh campus yet, Childs made his choice based on family recommendations, comfort level with the coaching staff and the fact that N.C. State was the first school to offer him a scholarship in March.
“By them offering me first, that’s like, `Wow, they had interest in me before anybody did,’” Childs said. “It meant that they thought a lot about me, so that automatically brought my attention to them. I was already leaning towards that way, but then there were other schools who made me look back.”
Ranked No. 42 on the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super 60, Childs (6-1, 175) has listed offers from UCF, FIU and Indiana. He is capable of playing receiver, running back and safety, but said the Wolfpack coaching staff likes him as a cornerback.
Childs said he expects to take an unofficial visit to N.C. State in late July.
“I heard that it’s a nice campus with nice buildings,” Childs said. “People told me it wasn’t a huge campus like Ohio State or something, and it wasn’t small. It’s a reasonable size and a nice environment in a beautiful city.”
N.C. State has now snagged two 2013 recruits out of Central Florida. Lake Mary linebacker Jarod Fernandez (6-1, 210) committed to the Wolfpack in June and was quick to congratulate Childs via his personal Facebook Saturday night.
With his decision made, Childs is looking forward to concentrating solely on football for the next several months. Osceola is coming off of a 10-2 2011 campaign and returns a majority of its top playmakers from last season, so another postseason run is expected in Kissimmee.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times