STILLWATER — Oklahoma State closed a massive official visit weekend with a key pickup, as running back Rennie Childs told multiple recruiting services Sunday that he had committed to the Cowboys.
Childs, a three-star prospect from Cypress Ridge in Houston, joins three-star recruit Corion Webster (Atlanta, Texas) as OSU's running back pledges for 2013 and all but solidifies a major recruiting need.
Sure, Joseph Randle declaring for the NFL Draft made finding at least one more running back a virtual necessity. But the Cowboys have needed to beef up their dwindling depth at the position for several months.
Behind projected starter Jeremy Smith, 2013 could have been a big season for Herschel Sims. But those chances ended last summer when Sims was dismissed days before being charged with two felony counts of second-degree forgery.
Now behind Smith is Desmond Roland, a still-unproven back, and Caleb Muncrief, a late addition to the last year's recruiting class who saw limited action in his true freshman season.
Which means Childs and Webster won't just fill out the depth chart. They'll compete for immediate playing time.
In Childs, OSU gets a back that measures 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds and possesses a good blend of size and speed. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, an especially valuable skill in OSU's spread offense that the Cowboys now lack with Randle's departure.