E.A. Sports Today

Childs chooses

Two-sport Saks senior commits to Troy, plans to play only football in college

By East Alabama Sports Today

Saks’ Jaylen Childs has been a force in two sports for the Wildcats, but he has known for a while where his future lay.

And today he told the world what the next step held for him.

The rising senior announced via social media he was committing to play football for Troy University. He’ll likely sign in December.

“It was just time,” Childs said. “There wasn’t anything new happening for me, there was no point in dragging it out. When I get on the field this year I’d like to say when they say I’m committed, I’d like to say to Troy University.”

Childs, 6-4 and 290, plays football and baseball for the Wildcats. The Trojans like him as a right tackle.

He went to football camps at Troy, Ole Miss, Alabama and Middle Tennessee. He said the Troy coaches told him he was the best lineman at their camp and he won the Tug-o-War at Middle Tennessee.

He also pitches and plays first base for the Wildcats’ baseball team. Earlier this summer he was invited to the MLB Breakthrough Experience at the Pirates’ Bradenton spring training complex where he collected a couple hits in the games but didn’t pitch.

He spoke with the Troy baseball coaches briefly about playing both sports there, but he’s planning to only play football.

“You can play first base and not be as big as me, but you can’t be smaller than me and play offensive tackle,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m looking for the big prize at the end of the rainbow, which is to go play professionally. I feel it’d be a lot easier for me to make it in the NFL than it would the MLB.”

But before he can worry about all that he has a full high school season to complete, and he knows exactly how he wants that to go.

“I just want to be as nasty as I can this year,” he said.

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