Hassan Childs was taken by surprise Thursday when he returned a phone call from North Carolina State defensive backs coach Mike Reed.
"I called back and he told me they wanted to offer me. That definitely came as a surprise and I had no idea they were even looking at me," said Childs, a rising senior cornerback at Kissimmee Osceola High. "It was really outta nowhere."
Offers had been pouring in recently for numerous Central Florida athletes, including Childs teammate RB Stafon McCray, who was offered recently by Marshall. Child, however, said he had remained patient.
"Some of my teammates were telling me, 'You're gonna get your offers,' so I wasn't really thinking about it," Childs said. "It does make me feel good though. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something and all the hard work is paying off."
Childs (6-foot-1, 170), who is ranked No. 42 on the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 is part of a talented Kowboys' defense that returns the bulk of its players for 2012.
Other players who are likely to see offers are DE Peter Bailey (6-3, 215) and DB Brandon Baker (5-10, 165). Baker's height may hold his offer numbers down.
"I feel like we are finally getting the respect we deserve," Childs said. "A lot of schools in our county don't like Osceola, I guess because we've usually been pretty good and we're back. We just don't have all the hype."
Childs had just over 100 tackles last season and four interceptions. He said he'd also like to see offers from schools like Tennessee and South Carolina and is intent on staying in the South.