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YouTube Recruiting Spotlight: WVU Commit Ford Childress

Updated: August 23, 2011
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Editor's Take: Childress possesses great size at 6'4" and 210-pounds and should be well-coached under Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, who has tutored the likes of Case Keenum, Graham Harrell and Brandon Weedon while working in the Big XII and C-USA.  Childress turned himself into a national name after his performance in July at the Texas 7-on-7 state championships and lit up the scoreboard much like he does in the above film.

The main thing that sticks out to me while watching Childress' tape is his presence in the pocket and superior fundamentals for his age.  He seems to know where the pressure is coming from at all times and makes the correct reads.  Childress has a simple over-the-top delivery and a quick, compact release, which may be the most crucial part of a quarterback's game in Holgorsen's offense.  His mechanics look superior right now and there shouldn't be much in that area for Holgorsen to correct.  In the film, we see a consistent, tight spiral on almost all of his throws and the ability to fit the ball into tight spaces over the middle, showing off his arm strength and accuracy.  The ball really jumps off his hands.  When he does get flushed out of the pocket, Childress makes accurate throws on the run and is aware of where the defenders are around him.  While surprisingly mobile, I expect Childress to do almost all his damage through the air on the next level and not on the ground.

Maybe the most encouraging thing from looking at his tape is how all his skills should translate and improve at the next level.  He already has the size, presence in the pocket, arm strength, quick release, accuracy and intangibles that you want from your quarterback in Holgorsen's offense.  It's very easy to see why Childress is listed as an ESPNU Top 150 prospect.  His decision to graduate early from high school and compete in 2012 spring drills for the Mountaineers will further help him learn the playbook and become adapted to the speed of the collegiate game.

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