Childress is the only quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class for WVU and committed to WVU before he burst on the recruiting scene after having a successful summer of 7-on-7 camps in the state of Texas. He ran the same type of offense at Kinkaid High School that he will run at West Virginia, which was one of the things that interested WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and his coaching staff.
Coached by Steve Hill at Houston Kinkaid High
- Led team to a 20-1 record in two seasons as a starter, winning back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) championships in 2010 and 2011
- Completed 184-of-292 passes for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 10 games as a senior, completing 63.01 percent of his passes
- Sixth in passing yards and second in touchdown passes in the Houston area
- 300 or more yards in six games and 400 or more yards in one game
- Completed 19-of-26 passes for 354 yards and seven touchdowns against Anahuac
- 328 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing against Westbury Christian
- Three touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns on 21-of-37 passing for 357 yards against Second Baptist School
- Completed 13-of-15 passes for 322 yards and six touchdowns against Tulsa Holland Hall
- Threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-40 passing against Bellaire Episcopal
- Threw six touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing for 283 yards against Kipp Academy
- Completed 17-of-23 passes for 369 yards and seven touchdowns against Dallas Greenhill
- Threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing against Dallas St. Marks, with one rushing touchdown
- Finished 2010 season completing 177-of-307 passes for 2,658 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
- Threw for 300 or more yards in three games
- Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit
- Two-time all-SPC first team quarterback
- Invited to the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
- ESPNU Top 150
- 2012 rivals.com No. 15 pro-style quarterback
- 2012 rivals.com No. 37 Texas Preseason Top 100
- 2012 rivals.com No. 38 Texas Postseason Top 100
- 2012 Scout.com No. 25 quarterback
- 2012 Tom Lemming Top Pro-Style Quarterback
- Also offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State and Oklahoma State.
((Below is video of Ford Childress in high school))
MetroNews Flashback: Childress Commits To WVU
By: Chip Fontanazza
Everyone knew when Dana Holgorsen came to WVU as the offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting, he was going to heavily recruit that state of Texas, and he seems to be off to a good start. On Saturday morning he received a verbal commitment from Houston-based Kinkaid High School quarterback Ford Childress.
The 6-foot-5 gunslinger becomes the fourth verbal commitment in the Mountaineers’ 2012 class, and according to Childress’ high school coach, Stephen Hill, the decision wasn’t too hard for Childress to make. Childress ran the exact same offense at Kinkaid that WVU now runs under Holgorsen.
“When he made the move to West Virginia he kept Ford on his radar and Oklahoma State has still been after him pretty heavily,” said Hill. “But Ford all along was dead set on playing for coach Holgorsen.”
In his only season as a starter, Ford won a state championship, throwing for 3,152 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes in the process. Kinkaid plays in the Southwest Prep Conference and plays against private schools from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas.
Not bad, considering this was his first year in an offense so similar to Holgorsen’s. Prior to this past season, before Hill was hired, Kinkaid ran an offense that virtually ignored the passing game.
Naturally, Holgorsen noticed Childress’ staggering numbers, and was impressed with what he saw both on and off the field.
“I kind of model what we do after what Coach Holgorsen does and I think it’s a great fit for Ford to be able to go into a system and be able to refine his skills a little bit and he’ll fit right in,” said Hill.
Hill also said that Childress is the only Division 1 prospect that will graduate from his team this year. Without an abundance of D1 talent around him, Childress’ stats look even more impressive to Holgorsen.
“Ford kind of did what he did with limited resources,” explains Hill. “That’s what kind of made him stand out to some coaches. He didn’t have a supporting cast around him that a lot of other quarterbacks did and he was still able to have such great numbers.”
Hill said that West Virginia also has their eyes on another one of his players, sophomore receiver Macon Wilson, who Holgorsen noticed while watching Childress’ highlight video. Hill says he expects Willson will be a solid player at the next level.
Childress received interest from many of the Texas schools including TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Houston and SMU. Hill also said Oklahoma State and Arizona State were going to offer him a scholarship.
Childress was in Morgantown visiting for the weekend, according to his coach, liked everything he saw. But that only partially explains why Childress chose West Virginia.
“He wanted to compete not just for a Big East Championship, but for a National Championship,” said Hill. “He’s going to do great things there.”