Oklahoma State recruiting: Rennie Childs changed running style, nearly reached 2,000 yards

Childs, who wanted to run like Trent Richardson, collected 1,945 yards and 21 touchdowns. He raised his recruiting profile to the point that OSU rode in late to add him as a replacement for NFL-bound Joseph Randle.
by John Helsley Published: February 4, 2013


photo - Cypress Ridge running back Rennie Childs (25) carries the ball during the third quarter of a high school football game at Pridgeon Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Houston.  Cypress Ranch defeated Cypress Ridge 35-28.  ( Andrew Richardson / For the Chronicle ) ORG XMIT: 446939
Cypress Ridge running back Rennie Childs (25) carries the ball during the third quarter of a high school football game at Pridgeon Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Houston. Cypress Ranch defeated Cypress Ridge 35-28. ( Andrew Richardson / For the Chronicle ) ORG XMIT: 446939

But when Randle made his decision to declare for the NFL Draft, the Cowboys had a need to go with their want for Childs.

“OSU's running backs coach, Jemal Singleton, stayed in touch and told me they really wanted me,” Childs said. “He said, ‘As soon as we have a scholarship available, we're offering it to you.'

“And as soon as Joseph Randle decided to go in the draft, he called me the same day.”

Childs enters Wednesday's signing day festivities as a three-star rated recruit, somewhat in the shadow of the top national and even top Texas backs.

His coach at Cypress Ridge, Gary Thiebaud, clearly thinks differently.

“Everybody likes to talk about Keith Ford,” Thiebaud said of the Oklahoma-bound back during the season. “Rennie Childs is better than Keith Ford. Print it.”

Childs appears to be a fit for the Cowboys offensive scheme, as a back who can bang inside, run away from tacklers and make plays as a receiver. He said he's familiar with the attack, having run the same system earlier at Cypress Ridge.

But he won't be making any 2K goals with the Cowboys. Not yet, anyway.

“I know I'm going to have competition,” Childs said. “I'm not going in there bigheaded. I'm not going in there thinking that I'm the top dog or I'm starting or anything, it's not like that. I just want an opportunity to showcase my skills.

“Reality is, there's already people there that I'll have to compete against. And there's somebody coming in with me to compete against. They're going for the spot, too, just like I am. It's about whoever wants it the most and whoever is willing to put in the most work.

“Shoot, I'll put in the work. I'll work hard.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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