Isiah Childs experienced something he’ll never forget Tuesday.
Childs, a Wamego football playmaker who can play multiple positions, received his first Division I scholarship offer from the University of Akron.
“It’s very special, this being my very first offer to play college football, especially at the DI level,” Childs told The Mercury. “It’s exciting. Not many people get this opportunity, so it will last for a lifetime.”
Akron isn’t the only school after him, either. Childs said Kansas State, Wyoming, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Tulsa, North Dakota State and South Dakota also are recruiting him.
K-State’s previous staff, under legendary head coach Bill Snyder, had shown interest in Childs. He took an unofficial visit to the campus during the weekend of the KU game on Nov. 10.
What may make Childs’ situation more impressive is that he missed a large part of the 2018 season — when he played for Manhattan High — because of a broken collarbone suffered about a month after the opener.
Before the injury, he carried 23 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. After seven weeks out, he returned in the team’s semifinal game against Derby.
With Kevontae McDonald graduating, Childs was expected to be the Indians’ starting running back and top returner on offense this fall. Childs transferred to Wamego in January. He is not playing sports for the Red Raiders this semester because KSHSAA rules state that, unless an athlete’s parents move, he cannot be involved in athletics for 18 weeks.
Childs will be a full go for Wamego next season. In the time between now and then, he is expected to receive more offers.
The moment he received his first offer always will be a special moment for Childs.
“I know what I’m capable of and my family knows too,” Childs said. “The only way to go from here is up.”