And here's the most important part, perhaps: Throughout his hiatus from the position as a sophomore, he never lost sight of his goals. And when he stepped back behind center as a junior, he went full speed ahead. He hadn't played quarterback in a year, but he was already planning his entrance into college, working to get there as quickly as he could.
"The fall of my junior year I started realized that a lot of people were trying to graduate early so they can [get to college and] get the offense down and basically get used to everything,'' Childress said. "My mom and my dad and I all thought it was a great idea, so I started taking extra classes that spring.''
Kind of presumptuous for a guy who was in his first year as a starting high school quarterback, huh? But Childress knew what he wanted and it only took a few 300-yard passing games for the dream to take root.
"It only took a few months, I guess,'' Childress said. "But yeah, it was fast. I guess they just look at potential and saw potential in me.''
And so barely a year and a half after taking his first snap as a high school starter, Childress finds himself right where he wanted to be, in a Division I spring practice while his high school classmates are getting ready for prom and graduation. Not only that, but Childress has a leg up on learning West Virginia's offense, given that it was the one Kinkaid eventually installed to take advantage of his talents.
"It's what I ran in high school,'' Childress said. "We just call things differently up here.''
So the guy who was moved to a different position because there was already a starting quarterback at his high school is back where he belongs behind center, one of just three quarterbacks on WVU's roster.
And McGee, the little quarterback at Kinkaid? He's playing Ivy League football at Princeton today.
As a wide receiver.
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