Prep Notebook: Childs returns to 7-AAA to assist Blackman

Prep Notebook: Childs returns to 7-AAA to assist Blackman


Prep Notebook: Childs returns to 7-AAA to assist Blackman



Former Smyrna football player and assistant Daniel Childs has returned to District 7-AAA a year after leaving his alma mater for Gallatin.

Childs, who was the Green Wave offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for head coach Mark Williams in 2012, began teaching business classes at Blackman High this past week.

Childs will be the quarterbacks coach at Blackman, head coach Philip Shadowens said. He said current quarterbacks coach Alex Robins, who is a former MTSU assistant, may retire. Robins has been a volunteer coach at Blackman in recent years.

Childs played for Shadowens at Smyrna as a quarterback and receiver.

Childs was previously hired at Smyrna High as a quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator by Matt Williams, who replaced Shadowens after the 2007 season.

“Obviously, I really thought a lot of him,” Shadowens said.

“He’s a good football coach. When we had a chance to hire him, we were able to take advantage of that. That helps our program.”

Childs helped develop former Smyrna quarterback Steve Wilson, who is now a wide receiver at Tennessee Tech.

Wilson had never played quarterback before taking over the play-calling.

He helped lead Smyrna to the Class 6A state championship game in 2010 during his senior year.

Recruiting update

* Oakland senior T.J. Brown, a defensive back, has scheduled visits with Cumberland and Lindsey Wilson.

* Blackman senior receiver Quindell Cousin has a college offer from Tennessee State, and other schools are also talking to Cousin, a two-sport athlete.

* Recent Brown commitment Brandon Davenport is being looked at to play outside linebacker at the Ivy League school. However, he may also get looks at H-back.

* Siegel senior Jamison Frazier, a defensive tackle, has an official visit scheduled with UT-Martin.

* Siegel senior Tae Martin recently received an offer from Furman. Martin, a receiver and defensive back for the Stars, has scheduled official visits to UT-Martin and Furman in the upcoming weeks.

* Siegel senior John A. Simpson, a defensive end, has scheduled an official visit with Brown.

* Blackman seniors Austin Singleton and Dee Mathers have received interest from a couple of Division II schools, Shadowens said. Neither have yet to receive an offer.

* Siegel senior quarterback Brent Stockstill has scheduled an official visit with Cincinnati, where he committed before Christmas.

Fox signs with Reinhardt

Smyrna High volleyball player Arden Fox signed recently at Reinhardt University, located in Waleska, Ga. Fox, who was a libero at Smyrna, was a four-year letterwinner. She amassed 1,282 career digs, which ranks her seventh all-time in school history. Reinhardt, an NAIA school, finished 15-23 in 2012.

Fox was an All-District 7-AAA member her junior and senior years. She was named to The DNJ’s All-Area second team. She was named team MVP as a senior year. Fox played club for RC Juniors and participated in the USAV Girls Junior National Tournament.

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