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Childers passes test, set to join USC

USC wide receiver recruit Tori Childers (6-5 210) of Rock Hill said Wednesday afternoon he received a qualifying test score earlier in the day and is hoping to be in Columbia by Thursday.

Childers had once before scored high enough on the test to qualify, but the USC admissions department did not accept the score and requested that he retake the test.

Childers said he got the good news around 2 p.m.

"I've been screaming so much my energy is going down," Childers said. "I'm about dead. It was a humbling experience. I believe everything happens for a reason. I want to thank my family and my fiance for supporting me. Coach Cooper, Robbie Lyles, the admissions department ... they just talked to me and encouraged me the whole time. They said if you passed it the first time, you can do it the second time."

Childers had hoped to report to USC today, but all is not done with his case.

"The president wasn't on campus today and there are still some wrinkles to iron out," he said. "I expect to be there tomorrow."

Childers played last season at New Hampton Prep, N.H. As a high school senior at Rock Hill in 2006, Childers caught 40 passes for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns. He can also play safety.