#22 CB Hassan Childs
Redshirt Junior, 6'1", 175 lbs.
2015 Stats: None. Childs injured his knee during fall practice and missed the entire season. Fortunately he had not yet used his redshirt season, so it didn't cost him a year of eligibility.
Position on Depth Chart: Hassan was not listed on the depth chart released after spring practice.
How He Came To USF: Childs played at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, excelling as a defensive back (30 tackles, 8 INTs, two touchdowns) and as a punt returner (21.2 return average, two touchdowns) in his senior year in 2012. The Kowboys won their first 13 games and reached the state semifinals, while Childs was named to the Class 7A all-state second team. Hassan was committed to NC State for several months during the 2013 recruiting cycle, but he decommitted the day after the Wolfpack fired Tom O'Brien. Willie Taggart and his staff picked up their recruitment of Childs when they took over at USF, and he committed to the Bulls in January 2013.
Here's Childs' high school highlight reel:
Recruiting Rankings: Childs was a three-star prospect on Rivals, 247, and ESPN. Scout, always the naysayer, only gave him two.
Projected Playing Time: It's pretty hard to say without knowing how well he's recovered from his injury. Hassan led the Bulls with three interceptions as a true freshman, and in 2014 he split time with Chris Dunkley as USF's main punt returner. His knee injury couldn't have come at a worse time, really. Deatrick Nichols and Ronnie Hoggins emerged as USF's top cornerbacks, and Tajee Fullwood had a good season returning punts, blocking off Hassan's two paths to playing time. We hope he's fully recovered and he can get back out on the field this year. But the competition is stiffer than it's ever been.