Cypress (Texas) Ridge running back Rennie Childs rushed for over 1,400 yards and 12 TDs as a junior, but the 5-10, 175-pound rusher felt there was more to be had and he was not ready to settle. No, Childs had bigger and better plans for 2012 and through three games he has put his plans on full display.
Childs opened the season with 158 yards and a TD on 19 carries. In Week 2 he stepped it up a notch rushing for 241 yards and 4 TDs on 16 carries against Cypress Lakes. Then just to make sure he had everyone's attention he followed up the effort with a 186-yard, 2-TD effort on only 15 carries against Cy Woods. That means in three games he has recorded 585 yards and 7 TDs while averaging 11.7 yards a carry.
The numbers are nice, but the numbers are more of a reflection of his attitude. As he puts it, whenever he touches the ball, there is only one thing running through his mind.
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"Just get vertical, that's one of my main goals, to get vertical instead of running sideways or going out of bounds. I want every yard. Every yard counts," Childs said. "I'm taking every yard I can. I'm not taking any plays off. I'm getting vertical and getting every yard I can. If someone is in my way I'm running through them."
Opponents have been put on notice, and college programs are taking notice. Childs says Houston offered on Sunday joining UTSA and Texas State. He has also talked on the phone with coaches from Boise State.
Over the weekend he took an unofficial visit to Texas State.
"This past weekend I attended the Texas State game where they played SFA," Childs said. "It was fun. They showed me all the cheerleaders and girls and everything. We got to get on the field and watch them warm-up. We were in the locker room. It was a good experience. I really liked it. I really liked the school."
Right now though, it is two other schools at the top of his list.
"UofH, they have an amazing campus, they're building a new stadium, the coaches are amazing," Childs said. "I just love being in that environment over there. They have an outstanding program and I just feel like I could fit into their program with my running style. They use their back a lot passing out of the backfield and running a lot.
"Boise, they're an outstanding program. I talk to the coaches and the coaches seem cool. I haven't visited the school yet but I'm planning to. Once I do that I'll have more reasons why they're one of my top choices. Of course you already know the program is amazing and they run the ball a lot."
He has not scheduled any official visits at this time, but would like to change that soon.
In the meantime, he is focused in on opponent No.4, the Cy-Fair Bobcats. It is safe to say if the Bobcats were not paying attention to Childs before, they are now.