With his mind made up on his college destination, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High receiver Jeremy Childs
(6-1, 180), is just now waiting to make his announcement public.
"I already have my mind made up on where I'm going. I just want to talk it over with my family again, and then I'll tell UCLA that I'm coming," said Childs.
A commitment from Childs would be a big, albeit, expected get for the Bruins, as he has had UCLA as his leader for some time.
"We had a passing league tournament at Edison High yesterday, and I talked a lot with Marcedes Lewis and Michael Pitre all about UCLA. I just had a couple of questions about the program and they were answering them for me. I know Marcedes from before he went to UCLA, we played basketball together, and he was honest with me. I asked how things were and he and Pitre both said they were real good and they like the offense."
So how soon can the expected public announcement come? "It will be before we start practice next month. I mean, I know where I'm going, but I just want to do it on my time."
The time is better than it was before the Stanford Nike Camp for Childs, who left for Palo Alto without an offer. A strong performance there, ranking him in the top receivers at the camp, made the offers begin to roll in. Wyoming was the first to offer, with UCLA and Arizona coming next, and eventually Colorado and Arizona State. But the UCLA offer meant the most.
"I was getting nervous before going to the camp, because I kept hearing the coaches say they liked me, yet no school was offering. I think my performance there really showed what I could do. It's a lot less stressful now."
At the Edison Passing Tournament, Los Alamitos lost to Fountain Valley, which, even though it was just a Summer passing tournament, didn't make Childs too happy.
"I know it was just a passing tournament, but I want to win those too. I always expect to win and we just came up short. When the season comes, though (FVHS is in Los Al's league), things will be different because we'll be able to use (running back) Cortes Rice more and we have a more balanced offense."
Speaking of Rice, he also heavily favors the Bruins, and Childs and Rice both talk often about playing together in college.
"Yeah, Cortes is real high on UCLA and he's just waiting for them to offer. But I just told him be patient, like I was, and things we'll work out. But yeah, it would be real cool for us to play at UCLA together."
Childs will enter his senior year coming off a junior season that saw him named Second Team All-State underclass pick when he caught 57 passes for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The WR, in fact, knows where he wants to go...