Wamego star running back Isiah Childs has garnered plenty of attention from schools across the country since receiving his first Division I offer in April. He picked up an offer from the school right in his backyard Sunday, though.
Childs received an offer from Kansas State, announcing the news on his personal Twitter account.
Formerly a running back and receiver at Manhattan High School, Childs transferred to Wamego in January. While he’s been used as an offensive player during his high school career, that may not be his role if he chooses to play for the Wildcats.
“I haven’t played defense, but I’m an athlete, so (the Wildcats) kind of list me under that,” Childs said. He added that while K-State is “mainly” recruiting him to play linebacker, he will play running back for Wamego under second-year head coach Weston Moody.
Nate Matlack, a defensive end, was the first commit in K-State’s 2020 class. After Childs revealed news about the offer Sunday, Matlack applied some pressure.
“I knew it was coming,” Matlack wrote, quoting Childs’ initial tweet. “Now make the move.”
I knew it was coming👿👿 Now just make the move👀 https://t.co/voEkKadsUO— Nate Matlack (@nmatlack1) June 3, 2019
Childs has another connection to the Wildcats’ 2020 class: Lineman Sam Shields, one of his former teammates at MHS, committed in April.
Childs missed a significant portion of the Indians’ season last fall after suffering a collarbone injury. Before the injury, he had 23 carries for 145 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 40 yards and another score. He returned in the team’s semifinal game against Derby after missing seven weeks.
Though he’ll play a key role in the Red Raiders’ offense this fall, Childs said playing running back in college isn’t the be-all, end-all. Hence K-State’s offer as a linebacker.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “I’m gonna put myself in the best position to help my team win.”