MORGANTOWN - Most high school seniors would be spending these spring days trying to ensure a date to their prom, but not Ford Childress.
Childress opted out of his final semester of high school and enrolled early at West Virginia University, where he is competing for playing time with the Mountaineer football team.
"He has tremendous talent," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He's physically imposing with a phenomenal arm, which is exactly what we knew when we recruited him."
Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
West Virginia University freshman quarterback Ford Childress throws a pass during spring practice at Mountaineer Field.
Childress, a 6-4, 210-pound quarterback out of Houston, Texas, led his high school team to a 20-1 record and consecutive conference championships in his final two years as a starter.
He threw for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns in 10 games his senior season.
Holgorsen said Childress reminds him in some ways of another Texas quarterback who left high school a semester early to get a jump on Mountaineer football, that being last year's back-up Paul Millard.
"On understanding the offense, obviously he has a long ways to go," the coach said. "He looked like Paul did last year when he first got here, and I'm sure he looks like Geno (Smith, the starting quarterback) did when he first got here."
WVU will continue its spring drills on Thursday and Sunday of this week. Spring practice ends April 21 with the Gold-Blue Game. Childress will get a chance to showcase his skills before the fans that night.
"He's a tremendous talent that's going to take time and reps for him to be comfortable with it like Geno and Paul are," Holgorsen said.