Braeden Childress joins brother Brandon at Central Michigan

Braeden Childress signs his NLI to Central Michigan, flanked by his mother and father. (Pioneer courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Childress brothers will be reunited next fall.

Big Rapids senior tight end Braeden Childress signed his National Letter of Intent to Central Michigan University during a Wednesday press conference held at Big Rapids High.

It’s the same school where his older brother, Brandon, will be a redshirt junior receiver this fall.

“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,” Childress said. “I remember we’d be in a field playing catch and saying in an announcer’s voice ‘Childress throws it to Childress!’ We’ve always had a dream of playing together. It’s unreal that it’s happening right now, but I dreamed it would.”

Childress, an All-CSAA and Pioneer Dream Team selection as a senior, chose the Chippewas over offers from Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Ohio State (preferred walk-on). Childress plans on majoring in criminal justice and looks to minor in psychology or education.

As a team captain, Childress caught 28 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. For the Chippewas, Brandon Childress caught five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in two games this season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

He went on an official visit to Mount Pleasant this past weekend which helped seal the deal for Childress.

“I like the town,” Childress said. “It’s not far from home. I like coach Bonamego — he’s a great guy. I built a relationship with not only the players but the coaches. I’m very comfortable for them. That was a major key.”

“A lot of recruits were there. In that short amount of time, I built great relationships with them. After that visit, I knew where I wanted to be.”

Childress looks forward to playing under CMU head coach John Bonamego. The Chippewas are 8-4 this season and are preparing to face Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday.

Bonamego recently agreed to contract revisions that will extend his tenure through the 2022 season.

“He told us he believes in the tribe,” Childress said. “It feels to know that he is committed to being the leader of our tribe.”

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